Päivi Berg

Päivi Berg

Senior Researcher

DrSocSc, Title of Docent (University of Helsinki)

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Päivi Berg (PhD, Title of Docent in Social Psychology) works as a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Youth Research Society.
Berg’s expertise relates to gender studies, ethnography, embodiment, sports, and youth studies. In her studies, Berg has examined intersections of gender, social class and ethnicity in the context of school’s PE and in sports clubs. Her postdoctoral study Family, social class and the leisure sports-activities of children and young people is an ethnographical study of the young people in their sports-activities in two locations in Finland.
Berg has also examined how the youth, social and employment services meet 18-29-year-old young people and their needs in the project Young People at the Counter. During 2016-2017 Berg works as an associate leader and researcher in the project You Can Never Go Home Again: young adults in transforming labour market.

Publications in English

  • Berg, P. & Aaltonen, S. (accepted) Wendy, Peter and the Lost Boys – The meaning of gender in the service encounters of young people and staff. YOUNG.
  • Berg, P. & Peltola, M. (2015) Raising Decent Citizens – On Respectability, Parenthood and Drawing Boundaries. NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 23(1), 36-51.
  • Berg, P. (2014) Borderwork and hierarchies in physical education – How gender and class becomes inscribed into young bodies. Arnesen, Anne-Lise, Lahelma, Elina, Lundahl, Lisbeth & Öhrn, Elisabet (Eds.): Fair and Competitive? Critical perspectives on contemporary Nordic schooling. Series of Ethnography and Education. London: Tufnell Press, p.103-121.
  • Berg, P. (2010) Shifting positions in Physical Education – notes on otherness, sameness, absence and presence. Ethnography and Education, 5(1), 65–79.
  • Berg, P. & Lahelma, E. (2010) The Gendering Processes in the Field of Physical Education. Gender and Education, 22(1), 31–46.
  • Berg, P. (2006) What sets us in motion? – Physical exercise and sports hobbies in Finland 1981–2002. Liikkanen, M., Hanifi, R. & Hannula, U. (Eds.): Individual choices, permanency of cultures. Changes in leisure 1981–2002, Helsinki, Statistics Finland.