More often than not, the academic path leads to the city. As Creed and Ching (1997) pointed out, becoming a scholar can be perceived of as an urbanization of the mind. How do rural people navigate this process? How do they resist it? And, is it possible that scholarship on rural places and processes, especially in North America, has suffered from the stigma that works against both rural topics and scholars of “rural descent”? Twenty years after Creed and Ching noted that the rural was an under-studied aspect of identity politics, we invite a conversation about rural identity in the academy. This panel seeks to start discussion of these questions and will invite audience members to participate in the conversation.
Creed, G. W. and B. Ching (1997). Recognizing Rusticity: Identity and the Power of Place. Knowing your place: Rural identity and cultural hierarchy. B. Ching and G. W. Creed. New York and London, Routledge: 1-38.
|Panelist||Karin Patzke Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||20|
|Panelist||William Wetherholt Frostburg State University||20|
|Panelist||Lisa Harrington Kansas State University||20|
|Panelist||Cheryl Morse University of Vermont||20|
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