Parallel Sessions II

Tuesday 6th November at 11:30-13:00


House of Science and Letters, Hall 104
Chair: Fanny Vilmilä (University of Eastern Finland) & Leena Haanpää (Finnish Youth Research Network)

The presentation is built on an ongoing project on hobby guarantee. The project focuses on children’s and youth equal opportunities for leisure and hobbies in a Finnish context and particularly from a regional point of view. The aim is to unfold opportunities of hobby participation offered by communities and local societies or sports clubs. Focusing on hobby guarantee in practice is expected to reveal  the real state of the guarantee: the actions done, the type of resources communities have in use and the degree of commitment in the process. Regional differences are expected but what explains them interests the most and will be discussed in the presentation.  

  • Leena Haanpää: Lasten ja nuorten harrastamisen yhdenvertaiset mahdollisuudet Suomessa
  • Fanny Vilmilä & Anna Kuoppamäki: Formaalit ja non-formaalit harrastamisen toimintaympäristöt nuorten taidelähtöisen kulttuurisen osallisuuden tajua muovaamassa.



House of Science and Letters, Hall 312
Chair: Juho Hänninen (University of Helsinki) & Andy Bennet (Griffith University)

There is a growing interest to study the meaning of youth cultures for older as well as former scene participants. This session will approach the relationship between youth culture and the life course. The traditional view on youth cultures emphasis youth cultures as an age-bound phase of life taking place in adolescence and young adulthood before transition into adulthood. Nevertheless, in contemporary society, the once young scene members keep on cherishing and expressing the part of their identity that grows out of participation in the activities of youth culture. On the other hand, former youth culture members value their past membership.
Youth culture members differentiate themselves from the rest of the society varyingly, and to a varying degree, by youth culture related activities, music taste, style, norms and values. The versatile music, activism and sports scenes offer versatile channels for participation in urban communities and politics on a grass-root level. For some members, youth culture acts as a reference point for own actions and thus directs the members life choices.
In the session we discuss the impact of youth culture participation on social capital, lifestyle choices and (paid and unpaid) career paths. In addition, the experienced relationship between youth culture, and age, gender and outlook on life is brought on the table. The individual presentations all deal with Helsinki-based scene members from the rave, squatting and new wave cultures.
The sessions is organized by three master-levels students.

  • Vesa Peipinen: From Subculture to Lifestyle - The Meaning of Squatting in the Life Courses Among Squatter Activists in Helsinki
  • Roosa Kokkonen: The Finnish rave scene and ageing: Rave participants’ social and cultural capital in their later life course
  • Juho Hänninen: Life from the Batcave: Life course, agency and youth culture



House of Science and Letters, Hall 309
Chair: Veronika Honkasalo (Finnish Youth Research Network)

  • Laora Mastari: Studying differences in benevolent and hostile sexist attitudes among young Belgo-Turkish and -Moroccan people in Flanders
  • Marko Kananen & Jussi Ronkainen & Kari Saari: “My Russia is very different” – young Finnish-Russian dual citizens and perceptions of Russia
  • Elina Turjanmaa: Unpacking the immigrant paradox. Buffering effects of parental involvement on integration of immigrant youth
  • Ingrid Smette: Young people’s views on «negative social control» in different minority contexts



Finnish Literature Society
Chair: Amanda Ptolomey (University of Glasgow)

This panel brings together the work of four researchers from the University of Glasgow working in different but complementary areas of youth and girl studies to explore experiences of girlhood and young femininities. Drawing from sociology, criminology, education and disability studies, it centres on the broad theme of marginalised girlhoods, investigating the different types of subjectivities that become possible for young women and girls in contemporary Scotland. We understand youth research – and social sciences research more broadly – as a site of exclusion for girls, especially girls located at the intersection(s) of multiple barriers. Moreover, we hope to move beyond the dichotomisations so often ascribed to girls by social scientists and policy makers (relating to Harris’ [2004] 'Can-Do' versus 'At-Risk' girls), as well as narratives relating to victimhood and violence (Batchelor 2005). To this end, we aim to discuss the everyday realities and the ‘messiness’ of girls’ lives, revisiting classic themes and interrogating ‘innovative’ methods in youth studies – including the transition from education to employment, youth leisure, consumption, social media and zine making. Through bringing these four papers together, we hope to spark conversations on and around the current state and next steps of girl studies research in the social sciences.

  • Susan A. Batchelor: Doing justice to young women? The risks of research on girls, ‘gangs’ and violence
  • Donna MacLellan: Girlhood Consumption: Inclusion or exclusion from (consumer) society?
  • Hannah Walters: Working-Class Girls & the Fourth Wave
  • Amanda Ptolomey: What might we be missing? Reflecting on the absence of disabled girls in girls studies theory and practice



House of Science and Letters, Hall 313
Chair: Sofia Laine (Finnish Youth Research Network) & Tarja Pääjoki (University of the Arts Helsinki/CERADA)

This session focuses on cultural class divisions. Especially the session discusses economic capital and its associated lifestyles and symbolic expressions. We will discuss styles of material consumption and bodily distinctions. Studies in this session also analyses the degree to which cultural resources are transmitted from generation to generation. Papers focus on socio-economic differences in parents’ resources, educational attainment, tastes and lifestyles.

  • Vegard Jarness & Magne Flemmen & Willy Pedersen: The Discreet Charm of the Children of the Bourgeoisie. Economic Capital and its Symbolic Expressions at an Elite Business School
  • Jarmo Kallunki: Dynamics of Cultural Inheritance in Finland
  • Annelore Van der Eecken: Socio-economic differences in parents’ role in adolescents’ use of leisure time: From goals to parenting practices
  • Jessy Siongers: Youth, music and cultural participation



House of Science and Letters, Hall 401
Chair: Marja Peltola (University of Helsinki)

Boys and young masculinities have been a source of concern in many societies for well over two decades. The concern has focused on boys’ educational attainment, disengagement from schoolwork and propensity for violence, among other things. Yet, masculinities are changing in many societies, including Finland. The current scholarship on young masculinities highlights contradictory themes: some studies indicate the pervasiveness of the stubborn particulars of heteronormativity, homophobia and violence, while others argue that recurrent patterns of masculinity have been disrupted in favour of more ‘inclusive’ masculinity. In this session, we discuss boys, young men and masculinities, with the aim of getting more nuanced understanding on young masculinities.

  • David Martín-Vidaña: Masculinity up for debate: a general overview of paternity and childcare from a male point of view
  • Wendy Keys & Barbara Pini: An interdisciplinary perspective on representations of poor young males in the documentary films 'Rich Hill' (2014) and 'Raising Bertie' (2016)
  • Marja Peltola: Living contradictions. Masculinities in 11–14-year-old boys living in Helsinki



House of Science and Letters, Hall 404
Chair: Arseniy Svynarenko (Finnish Youth Research Network)

How do different youth cultures make sense of and reclaim urban space? How do young people and young adults negotiate about their place in the city in different youth cultural contexts? This session will present some of the results of the research project Digital Youth in the Media City, funded by the Kone Foundation. We will explore different youth cultural phenomena in Helsinki and St. Petersburg and focus on questions of belonging, communities and spatial entitlements. The themes of the session include sticker art in St. Petersburg, flow art in Helsinki, graffiti masculinity in Helsinki as well as Pokemón Go! communities in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

  • Malin Fransberg: Graffiti Masculinity in Helsinki Metro
  • Nadezhda Vasilieva & Margarita Kuleva & Yana Krupets: Young people in the city: engaging and redefining urban space through art practices
  • Heta Mulari: Spinning together in the City: Flow Art, Community and Belonging in Helsinki
  • Arseniy Svynarenko & Anastasia Sablina: Pokémon – playing in a city. The forms of digital sociality, security(zation) and control in public places in Saint Petersburg and Helsinki.



House of Science and Letters, Hall 405
Chair: Tiina Rättilä (University of Tampere)

Young people’s possibilities to impact societal and political matters require strengthening. Many of them feel that politics is out of their reach, and decision-makers are not interested in their views or contributions. The eroding political trust of the young generation may, at its worst, lead to social and political frustration and eventually unsettle the stability of society. The research project ALL-YOUTH (funded by Strategic Research Council) 2018-2023 is a multidisciplinary research project which tackles this question by exploring the capacities, as well as the obstacles, of the Finnish youth, aged between 16 and 25, to engage actively with society and politics, especially in terms of sustainable future, growth, and well-being. ALL-YOUTH explores and produces new solutions to more active youth citizenship and builds on the ideas of responsive governance and rule of law, digital innovation, and bioeconomy.
This two-day working session presents and discusses the research results of the ALL-YOUTH’s first year in action. We welcome all those who are interested in young people’s dreams and ideas of sustainable well-being as well as youth participation to take part in our discussions and co-creative planning of the upcoming research processes.

  • Nina Tokola & Tiina Rättilä & Päivi Honkatukia, Irmeli Mustalahti: Refugee youth as experts of their own working life and educational paths
  • Marko Stenroos: What is the 'multi' in the cultures of youth?
  • Antti Erkkilä & Teppo Hujala & Irmeli Mustalahti: Cross-generational paths to employment in bioeconomy
  • Katariina Hakala & Miia Lähde & Päivi Honkatukia: Inclusive working life promoting social sustainability - Empowering young people with disabilities to fulfill their dreams
  • Tiina Rättilä: Young people’s understanding(s) of ‘sustainable development



University Building Aurora, Hall 117
Chair: Sanna Aaltonen (Finnish Youth Research Networ) & Antti Kivijärvi (Finnish Youth Research Network)

In this session the focus is on digital and mobile technologies as part of young people’s lives and in the relationships between professionals and young people. The presentations shed light to the potential of technology in promoting well-being of young people and young adults. The first three papers will be held in English and the last fourth in Finnish.

  • Tarja Rautiainen-Keskustalo: Thinking beyond popular: Mobile Sounds and Everyday Life of Young People
  • Riikka Kaukinen: Non-toxic – non-discriminating gaming culture-project
  • Antti Kivijärvi, Sanna Aaltonen & Vesa Välimäki: Feasibility of an online discussion group as a component of targeted youth work
  • Salla Poropudas & Eveliina Ojala: Mobiiliteknologioiden käyttö Suomen evankelisluterilaisen kirkon rippikoulun oppihetkissä mielekkään oppimisen kriteereiden avulla tarkasteltuna



University Main Building, Hall 19
Chair: Jo Deakin (University of Manchester)

The focus of this panel is the capacity of highly vulnerable youth groups to confront their realities in
transformative ways. We are interested in studies which might provide rich accounts of how diverse groups of young people, labelled by the authorities as ‘trouble youth’ cope with their everyday lives. We are interesting in gaining a deeper knowledge of how different forms of conflict with social norms and institutions allow for more or less capacity for collective action. All papers proposed for this panel are part of the European Project PROMISE (Promoting youth involvement and social engagement: opportunities and challenges for ´conflicted´ young people across Europe). They all present findings from either single or several qualitative ethnographic case studies undertaken in different countries.

  • Jo Deakin & Aimee Harragan: ‘Risky Youth’: Realities and Responses in Young People’s Lives
  • Clara Rubio: Discussing the concept NEET: active young people in vulnerable situations
  • Necla Acik & Hilary Pilkington: Rethinking the relationship between marginalisation, stigmatisation and social involvement: Young Muslims’ responses to their construction as ‘suspect communities’
  • Anna Markina: The impact of stigma on challenges and integration of young ex-offenders in Estonia
  • Anastasija Shilova: Youth HIV-activism in St Petersburg



Kaisa House, University Main Library, Meeting room 2024
Chair: Lasse Siurala (Tallinn University)

  • Etch Kalala Mabuluki & Lasse Siurala: New directions for integrated youth policy
  • Zoe Clegg: Everyday citizenship and meaningful experiences: a case study of a youth council
  • Kristiina Silvan: Youth forums in contemporary Russia: a case of successful state–youth interaction?
  • Tine Desmet: Relational spaces in participatory work with youth at social risk