Places and spaces for circus performers and show people as Australian migratory workers

Danaher, P. A. (2010) Places and spaces for circus performers and show people as Australian migratory workers. Sociologia Ruralis, 50 (3). pp. 242-257. ISSN 0038-0199


This article draws on an 18-year continuing empirical and qualitative study of the educational opportunities and experiences of Australian circus performers and show people to engage with broader questions about the intersection among rural mobilities, fixities and inequalities. In particular, the distinction between place as the source of the centre's power and space as the scene of operation of various tactics of resistance to that power is deployed to demonstrate that place and space are actually mobile concepts that highlight the relational and situated character of such supposedly fixed binaries as mobile and permanently resident on the one hand and rural and urban on the other. This conceptual fluidity and mobility are both useful and crucial in understanding the life-worlds of migratory workers such as circus performers and show people and more broadly in engaging with rural mobilities, fixities and inequalities, in Australia and elsewhere.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 European Society for Rural Sociology. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 23:33
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 00:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: migrant worker; migrants experience; residential mobility
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2010.00514.x

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