Rural Youth Identity in 'Glocal' Spaces

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As classroom teachers we are often aware of the different sub-cultural groups that young people move in and out of as they explore different youth identities. Our practice can gain much by paying closer attention to these groups. In this paper the stories of the rural youth in an isolated NSW township are explored to reveal the changing face of rural youth identity. Despite their isolated rural location and local dependency on agricultural industry, these young people appear to be shifting away from the music, clothing, manners, attitudes, cars and embodiment associated with the rural ute culture in favour of an urban/beach culture identity. The stories from the young people in this study explore the features of the local rural Frigger and the new urban Skegg cultures. These stories illustrate the process of appropriation of both global and local signs and symbols in the forging of new cultures as these students construct resilient identities with a high level of social and cultural mobility. In this paper the key features of the Frigger and the Skegg sub-cultures are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th SPERA
Subtitle of host publicationEducation in a digital present: enriching rural communities
EditorsPeter D' D'Plesse
Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Australia
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)097754933X
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSSociety for the provision of education in rural Australia conference - Flinders University, South Australia, Australia
Duration: 08 Jul 200910 Jul 2009


ConferenceSSociety for the provision of education in rural Australia conference

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    Croft-Piggin, L. (2009). Rural Youth Identity in 'Glocal' Spaces. In P. D. D'Plesse (Ed.), 25th SPERA: Education in a digital present: enriching rural communities (pp. 131-140). SPERA.