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Rural children's perceptions of life on the land in Southwestern Ontario

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What are the life experiences of farm children in rural southwestern Ontario? Within the rural sociological literature, little research has been undertaken on the geographies of Canadian children in rural settings. Play, leisure, work and future aspirations are important to their lives. However, little is known about these issues and children's use of space and place on the farm. This study focuses on these issues from the point of view of the child and examines how gender, age and socialization processes work together with agrarianism to frame the lifeworlds of these children. In general, these children do not aspire to farm in the future, but are interested in future residence in the country. They value the way of life to be found in farming but some experience loneliness on the farm. For farm children, space and farm animals act as comfort in their lives and make for unique experiences.
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Keywords: GĂ©ographie des enfant de ferme; agrarianism; agrarianisme; aspirations; farm children's geographies

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Sociology, Brescia University College, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6G 1H2 ( ), Email: hcummins@uwo.ca

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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