An invasion of green-stained farm workers from outer space(s)? Or a rural community struggling with issues of itinerancy?

Henderson, Robyn W. (2005) An invasion of green-stained farm workers from outer space(s)? Or a rural community struggling with issues of itinerancy? Education in Rural Australia, 15(1), pp. 3-16.

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This paper investigates stories that are told in a North Queensland rural community about the arrival of itinerant farm workers for the winter harvesting season. Permanent residents often represent this annual event as an invasion of the community by undesirable people who break the law, exacerbate racial tensions and take jobs from locals. Such stories are also heard in the community’s schools where significant numbers of itinerant children enrol during the harvesting season. In the face of sometimes hostile reception from permanent residents of the community, many itinerant families work hard to "fit in", trying to ensure positive experiences for their children. This paper explores some of the stories that circulate and examines the way that negative perceptions of itinerant families tend to restrict the community’s capacity to recognise the benefits that families could contribute to community life.

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ID Code: 2179
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: itinerancy, space, deficit discourses
ISSN: 1036-0026
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:27

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