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Liquid modernity, emplacement and education for the anthropocene: challenges for rural education in Tasmania


Smith, C and Fraser, S and Corbett, M, Liquid modernity, emplacement and education for the anthropocene: challenges for rural education in Tasmania, Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 196-212. ISSN 1839-7387 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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In spite of being relatively wealthy and resource-rich, a persistent narrative of the island state of Tasmania is the deficit framing of its regional and rural education where, under the placeless and mobile orientation of hypermodernity, the only serious option for success for its young is to leave their communities. This paper presents a counter-narrative that emerges through the lenses of social and ecological theory that draws together a critical examination of Baumanís notion of liquid modernity and aspiration alongside concepts of locality and emplacement. We situate this counter-narrative within the growing literature calling for a transformation of education as humanity grapples with the challenge of the Anthropocene, arguably the great educational challenge of our times. We conclude that regionality and rurality can be reframed as opportunities in response to the Anthropocene that offer the potential to explore fundamentally new models of multidisciplinary research that connect educational inquiry to larger questions of sustainability as well as social, economic and cultural development within regional and rural communities in Tasmania and beyond.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anthropocene, liquid modernity, rural education, Tasmania, place
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Smith, C (Dr Caroline Smith)
UTAS Author:Fraser, S (Professor Sharon Fraser)
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:123145
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-12-18
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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