Countrymindless' Rural railway closure: Destabilising a social exchange relationship between country and city in New South Wales

James Longworth

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    Abstract

    Seven themes related closely to the elements of countrymindedness. Four themes were additional. Themes expressed denoted and connoted meanings. Railway closure seemed careless towards and heedless of country communities. Government seemed mindless towards them. I argue railway closure signified what I call 'countrymindlessness'. This became visible through the events of 2003, when New England and grain line communities reacted.This thesis argues that during 2003, the New England community reacted strongly when countrymindless railway closure destabilised, for a while at least, a traditionally stable government country social exchange relationship. This study adds to the existing literature on country reaction to service closure by including significant country cultural elements.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Gray, Ian, Principal Supervisor
    Award date20 Feb 2012
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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