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Lähiökylä – Tutkimus yhteisöllisyydestä ja eriarvoisuudesta

Tutkija-kirjailija Lotta Junnilaisen kirjassa kuvataan kahden vuokratalolähiön arkea. Teos on tutkimus suomalaisen yhteiskunnan eriarvoistumisesta ja kaupunkien eriytymisestä. Se on kuvaus niukkuudesta, epävarmuudesta ja turhautumisesta, mutta myös yhteisöllisyydestä ja solidaarisuudesta.

Group formation, styles, and grammars of commonality in local activism

In her article, published in the British Journal of Sociology in 2018, Eeva Luhtakallio argues that in order to analyse democracy as a pattern constantly processed in a given society, it is useful to look at activist groups’ agenda setting and recruitment principles, group bonds and boundaries, and how these actions direct and influence ways of creating the common. Based on an ethnographic study on bicycle activism in Helsinki, Finland, the article describes a local critical mass movement that was successful in promoting a bicycle friendly and sustainable city, yet dissolved due to lack of people involved, and the bicycle demonstrations stopped at a moment of high public interest.

Snapshots of 21st Century Citizenship: New Approaches to Young Citizens’ Political Practices (12–13 Dec)

Two-day seminar, Tampere University

Engagements, grammars, and the public: From the liberal grammar to individual interests

Veikko Eranti’s article in European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 5(1-2), 2018 argues that the way the sociology of engagements is currently formulated does not sufficiently allow for analysing public participation and disputes in situations where individual interests play a crucial role in public debates. The article presents a slight reformulation of what Thévenot calls the grammar of individuals in a liberal public (sic), based on a) an understanding of how individual interests relate to the common good and general will, b) the constitution of legitimate actors within polities, and c) the separation between the levels of generality and publicity. This reformulation might be called the grammar of individual interests, clarifying and simplifying earlier terminology.

POSTPONED: Visual participation of young Europeans – snapshots from France, Finland and Portugal

The event has been postponed. The new date and venue will be announced later.

Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash

The event has been postponed. The new event date will be announced as soon as possible.

Join us for a three-hour seminar discussing how the increasing emphasis on visual forms of communication affects young people’s societal participation and the way in which they construct democracy. The seminar features a keynote lecture by Associate Professor Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn University), short presentations of visual participation from three European countries: France, Finland and Portugal, as well as comments by Senior Lecturer Leena-Maija Rossi (University of Helsinki).

Provisional programme:

15.00 Welcome address and ImagiDem presentation: Professor Eeva Luhtakallio (University of Helsinki)

15.30 Keynote: Associate professor Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn University): Curation, creation and community – making sense of visual social media 


16.30 Coffee

16.45 Snapshots from France, Portugal and Finland

Dr. Karine Clément (CNRS, Paris): What do we mean by “visual” and “participation” when we talk about visual participation? Reflections from the case of the Yellow Vests in France.

Dr. Carla Malafaia (University of Porto): The visual dimension of participation among climate activists in Portugal: an ethnography with student strikers and civil disobedience groups 

Dr. Taina Meriluoto (University of Helsinki): Selfiesteem – reconstructing oneself on- and offline

17.30 Comments by Leena-Maija Rossi (University of Helsinki) and discussion

The seminar is part of the launching event of professor Eeva Luhtakallio’s ERC-project Imagi(ni)ng Democracy: European youth becoming citizens by visual participationwhich studies visual participation both online and offline. The project analyses images and memes posted on social media, and follows young people’s visual ways of participation as part of their everyday actions with the tools of visual ethnography and computational big data mining and analysis.

The seminar is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.