Constructions of rural childhood: challenging dominant perspectives

Mary Ann Powell, Nicola Taylor, Anne B. Smith

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This article reviews research on the lives and experiences of children and young people living in rural Minority world environments. The literature reviewed has focused on constructions of rurality in relation to children's experiences, most notably the rural idyll. Alternative constructions of rural childhood, characterised by dullness, horror and deprivation, are also apparent, and associated with insufficient rural activities, resources and transport, marginalisation and social exclusion. The more recent inclusion of children's perspectives on rural living provides a deeper understanding of rural childhood and challenges the dominant perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-131
Number of pages15
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


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