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Mapping the Educational Work of Governesses on Australia's Remote Stations

British Journal of Sociology of Education Volume 35, Number 1, ISSN 0142-5692


This article is about the educational work of governesses on Australia's remote cattle and sheep stations. These stations occupy vast tracts of land in the outback, and form part of global food supply chains exporting meat to countries around the world. The article explores the nature of governesses' work, the boundaries they negotiate to perform their work, and the spaces and places in which it takes place. The governess occupies a unique position within the occupational and social hierarchy of the station. She lives and works in the same domestic space as the family/employer, unlike other station employees, and is valued for her success in managing the social and spatial dynamics of power both with the students/children and the employer/family. The article focuses on the negotiation of boundaries between domestic/public spaces, paid/unpaid, affective and educational labour involved in governess roles.


Newman, S. (2014). Mapping the Educational Work of Governesses on Australia's Remote Stations. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35(1), 37-55. Retrieved January 22, 2020 from .

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