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Australia's regional youth exodus


Gabriel, MB, Australia's regional youth exodus, Journal of Rural Studies, 18, (1) pp. 209-212. ISSN 0743-0167 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/S0743-0167(01)00039-0


In this paper, I report on preliminary findings arising from a more extensive doctoral project on Australia's regional youth exodus. One aim of this project is to stress the political moment lost in technical socio-demographic accounts of youth migration. Here, I examine the ‘taken for granted’ assumptions that frame conversations about regional youth migration, as well as the exclusionary limits of such discourse. In my review of popular media, I focus on the way young people are constructed by others (journalists, politicians, bureaucrats, and parents), and on how young people are positioned in other people's visions of their regional home towns. I discuss two narratives that recur in regional (Tasmanian) newspapers: support for strategies to keep young people at home and a preoccupation with the ‘best and brightest’ young people. I also discuss the emergence of these narratives in national forums.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Demography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Gabriel, MB (Dr Michelle Gabriel)
ID Code:23981
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:58
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2009-08-17
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