A Rural PhD Candidate and the Grace of Community

Marchant, Jillian, and Taylor, Pauline (2014) A Rural PhD Candidate and the Grace of Community. In: Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Society Conference. From: TASA 2014: Australian Sociological Society Conference: challenging identities, institutions and communities, 24-27 November 2014, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper is an autoethnographic analysis of my experiences as a PhD candidate resident in a rural area of South Australia: a circumstance that is not unique but certainly rare. According to Ellis, Adams, and Bochner (2011), research that uses an autoethnographic approach describes and analyses personal experiences in order to understand cultural experiences. My circumstance as a highly-educated beneficiary of government subsistence presents a unique research opportunity: namely, to document social policies as both a recipient and an educated investigator. The aim of this paper is to expose the robust challenges that arise when individuals, who are reliant on a meagre income, engage with academic pursuits (Brook & Michell, 2012) in the hope of speaking back some truth to power (Said, 1993). It is hoped that the autoethnographic research undertaken here provides insights into the real personal and detrimental cultural impact of existing neoliberal policy as it relates to rural residents trying to break out of welfare dependency.

Item ID: 37273
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-92735-0
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Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 00:27
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 35%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities @ 35%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940109 Employment Services @ 35%
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