International Development Planning Review

How students fare: everyday mobility and schooling in Nepal's Hill Region

International Development Planning Review (2010), 32, (3-4), 311–331.

Abstract

Mobility is a fundamental condition for many people worldwide in pursuing their aspirations for a better life. Academic debates and development policies are increasingly concerned with acts that qualify as migration. However, the more mundane forms of mobility tend to be overlooked. This article aims to contribute to filling this gap by presenting a case of everyday mobility from Nepal. We argue that for secondary school students in the rural hills of Nepal, everyday mobility in walking from home to school and back has critical implications for their schooling experiences and outcomes. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, we analyse aspects of distance and route that reveal the disadvantages and potentials faced by distant students.

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Lind, Birgitte

Agergaard, Jytte