Framing Rural and Remote: Key Issues, Debates, Definitions & Positions in Constructing Rural and Remote Disadvantage

Philip Roberts, John Guenther

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Abstract

Educational research, and public policy comment, are often framed around notion of binaries and social construction that reference an implicit norm. For the purposes of this edition, important binaries include advantage/disadvantage, centre/periphery, ru-ral/urban. Similarly, terms such as ‘rural’ and ‘remote’ are often socially constructed with reference to these binaries. For instance, remote is often conceptualised as pe-ripheral to the city by distance as well as socially and culturally. However, as this chapter discusses, for people whose families live in remote towns, it is the city that is distant and peripheral. Such perspectives are rarely considered in discussions of edu-cational policy. To address this, and other, implicit biases, this chapter examines how language socially constricts the ‘problem’ to be solved, rather than implicitly valuing people, places, and communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRuraling Education Research
Subtitle of host publicationConnections between Rurality and the Disciplines of Educational Research
PublisherSpringer
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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Roberts, P., & Guenther, J. (Accepted/In press). Framing Rural and Remote: Key Issues, Debates, Definitions & Positions in Constructing Rural and Remote Disadvantage. In Ruraling Education Research: Connections between Rurality and the Disciplines of Educational Research Springer.