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Intergroup relations and local encounters – Immigrant and Finnish young people’s perceptions of each other, their lives and future in multicultural Savo

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01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026
Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

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Intergroup relations and local encounters – Immigrant and Finnish young people’s perceptions of each other, their lives and future in multicultural Savo funder logo

Kone Foundation

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The research project focuses on studying how Ukrainian, Middle Eastern and Finnish young people living in the Savo area perceive each other, their lives and future in multicultural Savo. The project examines how young people’s conceptions of people coming from different cultural backgrounds as well as the meanings constructed to the Savo region contribute to intergroup relations. The methodological frame of the study combines social representations theory, social identity theory and social psychological studies of place.

Arts-based workshops serve as a meeting place for young people from different cultural backgrounds and as a method of data production. The project combines arts-based methods with citizen science approach, whereby young people are co-researchers and participate in analyzing the data, building exhibitions, and presenting research findings.

The project gives young people a voice, promotes interaction between young people coming from different cultural backgrounds and supports their participation in society.

The leader of the project is Jari Martikainen, university lecturer in social psychology (University of Eastern Finland). The research team members are doctoral researchers Hadi Farahani (social work, University of Eastern Finland) and Katja Lötjönen (social psychology, University of Eastern Finland), and post doc researchers Jennifer de Paola (social psychology, University of Helsinki) and Helena Rovamo (social psychology, University of Eastern Finland). The arts-based workshops are coordinated and directed by art teacher Mari Puttonen (Siilinjärvi Community College).

The research project is funded by Kone Foundation.