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Why Rural Schools Matter$
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Mara Casey Tieken

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618487

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618487.001.0001

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The Substance of Community

The Substance of Community

(p.140) Chapter Seven The Substance of Community
Why Rural Schools Matter

Mara Casey Tieken

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explains how a school defines a community. A school pulls together a particular group of individuals into a community within a boundary and with a certain identity. In Delight, the school constructs a cross-racial community, while Earle's schools re-create a black community. Although different, both Delight and Earle tell a rural narrative about the definition, construction, and survival of a community. These communities matter both to their residents and to outsiders. They shape daily life, patterning and explaining interactions and events.

Keywords:   school, community, cross-racial community, black community, Delight, Earle

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