An agenda for Australian rural sociology: Troubling the white middle-class farming woman

Pini, B, Rodriguez Castro, Laura and Mayes, R 2021, An agenda for Australian rural sociology: Troubling the white middle-class farming woman, Journal of Sociology, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1177/1440783321999830.

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Title An agenda for Australian rural sociology: Troubling the white middle-class farming woman
Author(s) Pini, B
Rodriguez Castro, LauraORCID iD for Rodriguez Castro, Laura
Mayes, R
Journal name Journal of Sociology
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021-04-06
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) Australia
Invisible Farmer
Summary In reflecting on the last two decades of publications by Australian rural studies scholars in three major disciplinary journals, this article argues that the field of Australian rural sociology has failed to address racial inequality and class difference. While we note a burgeoning of feminist rural research challenging the historical emphasis on the white male farmer, this too has tended to occlude class and race, as is demonstrated in our analysis of the national ‘Invisible Farmer’ project. Accordingly, we point to a need to bring anti-racist work and scholarship to bear on our subdiscipline. In particular, we call for Australian rural studies scholars to engage with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander scholarship to interrogate whiteness as a category of difference and to open a discussion about relinquishing settler power, including in the academy. We emphasise the need for actions to understand and challenge the continuing dominance and privilege of whiteness and the fundamentally classed colonial project in Australian rural studies.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783321999830
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1606 Political Science
1608 Sociology
2002 Cultural Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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