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Forgotten Places

Critical Studies in Rural Education


Edited By William M. Reynolds

Forgotten Places: Critical Studies in Rural Education critically investigates and informs the construction of the rural, rural identity and the understanding of the rural internationally. This book promotes and expands the notion of critical understandings of rural education, particularly in the areas of race, class, gender, and LGBTQ, with conceptualizations of social justice. While there have been many volumes written on critical issues in urban education, only a small number have been produced on rural education, and the majority of those are not critical. By contrast, Forgotten Places not only discusses "schools in the country," but also expands conceptualizations of the rural beyond schools and place as well as beyond the borders of the United States. It also tackles the artificial duality between conceptualizations of urban and rural. Forgotten Places includes scholarly investigations into the connections among the symbolic order, various forms of cultural artifacts and multiple readings of these artifacts within the context of critical/transformational pedagogy. This book fills a significant gap in the scholarly work on the ramifications of the rural.

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This book was developed during a period in my life when I encountered a serious health crisis. It has been delayed because of that and I wish to thank all the contributors for their marvelous contributions and patience. I managed to survive that crisis but not without the help, hope and dedication of the most important person in my life, my wife, Susan. Her daily drives, for weeks from Statesboro to the hospitals in Savannah and the hours of her steadfast care and commitment pulled me through. She is always there and I will be forever committed to her as well. I also am grateful for the support of friends and colleagues that visited me during that period and the doctors, nurses and therapists for their expertise. This book on critical studies in rural education was inspired by the forty-two years I have spent working with students in rural public schools and universities. I hope that they learned from me as much as I learned from them. My son, Matthew has served as my computer guru as I worked to submit the text. He managed to tolerate my frequent phone calls. I want to thank Chris Myers for his support of my work over the years and Shirley Steinberg who continues to support my intellectual work.


Figure 7.1 Anti-Highlander billboards were distributed across the South in 1965.

Figure 7.2 1937-Highlander Sta organizing workers at a Tennessee lime plant. ← xiii...

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