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

Henderson, Robyn (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. 3-13. ISSN 1036-0026

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Abstract

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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of Editor.
Depositing User: Dr Robyn Henderson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: itinerancy, mobility, farm workers, deficit discourses, marginalisation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2859

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