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Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do: Place, Desire, and Country Girlhood

Catherine Driscoll

Keywords: AUSTRALIA; GIRLHOOD; LEISURE; MIGRATION; PLACE; POLICY; RURALITY; SPACE

Abstract

This article explores the figure of the bored country girl that appears widely in popular culture but also in girls studies and rural studies through ethnographic research in Australian country towns. While the presumption that country girls lack resources and opportunities for entertainment and leisure is in many ways empirically valid, this problem's articulation in girls' lives also offers an important perspective from which to ask what boredom and cultural needs mean, relative to each other, for both rural studies and girls studies. This article suggests that girlhood's relation to policy discourse and urbanized modernity can be productively reconsidered through the lived experience of country girls.

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