Exploring the Placelessness of Reading among Older Teens in a Canadian Rural Municipality

Paulette Rothbauer
2009 Library quarterly  
Situated in a review of rural, cultural and youth geographies, this paper reports on a qualitative study of the role of reading and libraries in the lives of older rural teenagers. The primary method of data collection was in-depth, flexibly structured interviews with twenty-seven youth between the ages of fifteen and nineteen years, supplemented with data from unobtrusive observation and environmental scanning in a specific geographic locale. Four themes are discussed: the habitual, quotidian
more » ... abitual, quotidian reading of teenagers, the shifting visibility of the public library, the Internet and the World Wide Web as a default reading site, and the temporal constraints on reading for pleasure. Using ideas informed by cultural geography, the space of non-active teen reader and the placelessness of reading are explored.
doi:10.1086/605384 fatcat:d5yi4n7olbfw5j5xvs53hlkj2u