Race, rurality and representation: Black and minority ethnic mothers’ experiences of their children’s education in rural primary schools in England, UK

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There is little research that has examined the role of mothers in their children’s education in the rural space of the school, particularly in relation to the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) families who are newcomers to the rural space. This article attempts to redress the balance and examine how BME mothers are positioned in rural primary schools in England (UK) which are predominantly White. The article is based on twenty in-depth interviews conducted with mothers who identified themselves as Black or from a minority ethnic background (India, Pakistan or Bangladesh). All of the respondents had moved into the areas in the last ten years. The findings from this research suggest that mothers are active agents in the education of their children; however their experiences reveal that within the White space of the school they are positioned as ‘other’ and ‘outsiders’ as they navigate the diasporic space of the White countryside.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-504
Number of pages14
JournalGender and Education
Issue number5
Early online date15 Jul 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jul 2014


  • social theory, sociology, citizenship, equality , identities