Uncovering the Public/Private Dilemma for Rural Youth Using Participatory Action Research

Trish Van Katwyk, Denise Soueidan Oleary
2019 Critical Social Work  
While the rural youth identity is an intersectional experience that creates a heterogeneous group of young people, a close exploration of a specific rural location can illuminate an experience that is both unique and shared. In this participatory action research study, a group of youth participated in one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions to describe their experience of their rural location. Reports, statistics, and youth counsellors also provided information about the local youth
more » ... t the local youth experience. What emerged was a consideration of the unique divide between public and private social realms that can create a dilemma for youth who are simultaneously encouraged to succeed in public life while provided with limited access to opportunities in that public life. The research project culminated in a sculpture created by a team of youth artists that incorporated the final analysis about the public/private divide. The sculpture is now a permanent display in the region.
doi:10.22329/csw.v18i1.5924 fatcat:nw5in6npnngv5cmizkhhwl7io4