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Dr Rose Butler

STAFF PROFILE

Position

DECRA Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

rose.butler@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68304

Biography

I am an ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow in Sociology. I study class, inequality, relationships and mobilities in Australia, with a focus on young people and families. 

I joined ADI from UNSW Sydney and completed my doctorate at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2014.

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Teaching interests

I welcome inquiries from prospective postgraduate students in relation to my research interests.

Knowledge areas

Youth studies and childhood studies

Intimacy, family and relationships

Class, privilege and inequality

Migration, mobilities and multiculturalism

Rural life and critical rural studies

Schooling and education

Professional activities

Member: ADI Executive Committee

Member: The Australian Sociological Association (Youth; Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism; Families and Relationships; Rural Issues Thematic Groups)

Member: American Sociological Association (Children & Youth; Family; International Migration)

Member: International Sociological Association (Childhood; Youth; Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity; Migration)

Member: Consortium for Youth, Generations & Culture

Media appearances

Projects

I am currently leading two research projects:

  • Young People’s Mobilities, Relationships and Place-Making in Rural Australia (ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award). This project investigates how young people from diverse ‘local’, migrant and humanitarian refugee backgrounds are negotiating difference and belonging in a multicultural settler rural town of Victoria undergoing rapid transformation. The research centres historical and contemporary rural configurations of class, race, economy and identity. More about this research is available here. This project builds on my doctoral research (published as the book Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods) which was based on sustained ethnographic research with children and parents in two school communities of the same locale. This work examined the moral and classed cultural resources on which children draw to make sense of economic insecurity and inequality in everyday life.
  • Love across Class: Social Difference and Intimacy in Contemporary Australia (with Eve Vincent, Macquarie University). This research explores the role of class within intimate partnerships between people from different class backgrounds. It approaches romantic partnerships, forged across class differences, as an important yet little explored site for understanding how class and inequality work in contemporary Australia. Focusing on class at the intersection of economy and culture, the project attends to the role that deeply encultured class-based orientations play in the everyday experiences of such couples at the same time as it explores their entanglement with gender, race and sexuality. These shared inter-class intimacies offer fresh insights into frictions, desires, affinities, solidarities and amusement in relation to class.

I have ongoing interests in education, inequality, class and mobilites in Australia. My previous research has examined impacts of gentrification, class and racialisation on equality between and within primary schools; whiteness and classed rural identities within rural schooling communities; young people's education biographies and trajectories in regional and rural contexts; and transformations within Australia's middle classes via the lens of inner-city schooling. Along with Megan Watkins and Christina Ho, I co-edited the collection Asian Migration and Education Cultures in the Anglosphere.

I also work with organisations and governments on research which supports young people and families. This has included the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council, The Burdekin Association, Mission Australia, Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation, The Foundation for Young Australians, Department of Education and Training, and Department of Social Services, among others.

Publications

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2022

The Transforming Middle: Schooling Markets, Morality and Racialisation Within Australia's Middle Class

Rose Butler, Christina Ho, Eve Vincent

(2022), pp. 195-211, Class in Australia, B1

book chapter

"Good to Say Out Loud": Researching Love across Class in Contemporary Australia

R Butler, E Vincent

(2022), Journal of Australian Studies, C1

journal article
2021

Youth, mobilities and multicultures in the rural Anglosphere: positioning a research agenda

R Butler

(2021), Vol. 44, pp. 63-82, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Centring settler colonialism in rural Australian multicultures: race, place and local identities

R Butler, J Ben

(2021), Vol. 47, pp. 2179-2197, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, C1

journal article

Interrogating race, unsettling whiteness: concepts of transitions, enterprise and mobilities in Australian youth studies

S Idriss, R Butler, A Harris

(2021), pp. 1-17, Journal of Youth Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Moral childhoods: the role of morality in friendship-making among children from refugee backgrounds in rural, multicultural settler Australia

Rose Butler

(2021), pp. 1-15, Children's Geographies, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Young people's rural multicultures: researching social relationships among youth in rural contexts

R Butler

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 1178-1194, Journal of youth studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

'Tutored within an inch of their life': morality and 'old' and 'new' middle class identities in Australian schools

Rose Butler, Ho Christina, Eve Vincent

(2019), pp. 126-140, Journal Of Ethnic And Migration Studies, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Local and Refugee Youth in Rural Australia: Negotiating Intercultural Relationships and Belonging in Rural Places

Rose Butler

(2019), pp. 147-159, Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Asian Migration and Education Cultures in the Anglosphere

Megan Watkins, Christina Ho, Rose Butler

(2019), A7

edited book
2018

Class, culture and belonging in rural childhoods

R Butler

(2018), Singapore, A1

book
2017

Asian migration and education cultures in the Anglo-sphere

M Watkins, C Ho, R Butler

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 2283-2299, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

'Tutored within an inch of their life': morality and 'old' and 'new' middle class identities in Australian schools

R Butler, C Ho, E Vincent

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 2408-2422, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Young people's education biographies: family relationships, social capital and belonging

R Butler, K Muir

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 316-331, Journal of Youth Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Children making sense of economic insecurity: facework, fairness and belonging

R Butler

(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 94-109, Journal of Sociology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'They try to avoid.' How do parents' feelings about ethnicised and classed differences shape gentrifying school communities?

E Vincent, R Butler, C Ho

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 29-36, Emotion, space and society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2016

Indigenous small businesses in the Australian Indigenous economy

J Collins, M Morrison, B Krivokapic-Skoko, R Butler, P Basu

(2016), pp. 265-274, Engaging indigenous economy : debating diverse approaches, Canberra, A. C. T., B1

book chapter

Local kids, 'refugees' and publics of privilege: Children's mediated and intercultural lives in a regional Australian city

Rose Butler

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 339-354, Journal of intercultural studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2015

Schools, 'ferals', stigma and boundary work: parents managing education and uncertainty in regional Australia

R Butler

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 340-355, Ethnography and education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Everyday and cosmo-multiculturalisms: doing diversity in gentrifying school communities

C Ho, E Vincent, R Butler

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 658-675, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2013

Images of the child and environmental risk: Australian news photography of children and natural disasters, 2010-2011

Rose Butler

(2013), Vol. 28, pp. 148-160, Visual studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Strengthening Intercultural Relationships among Australia's Rural Youth

Dr Rose Butler

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2021: $143,873
  • 2020: $142,572
  • 2019: $145,388

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report