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ERIC Number: EJ963858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Membership Contests: Encountering Immigrant Youth in Finland
Harinen, Paivi; Suurpaa, Leena; Hoikkala, Tommi; Hautaniemi, Petri; Perho, Sini; Keskisalo, Anne-Mari; Kuure, Tapio; Kunnapuu, Krista
Journal of Youth Studies, v8 n3 p281-296 2005
This article discusses different aspects of social and societal membership, when minority groups of young immigrants living in Finland are under consideration. During its history, Finland has mainly been a country of emigration. In the 1990s the direction of moving turned to the contrary and the amount of immigrants in Finland increased relatively quickly. Especially, young people now meet this new condition in their everyday surroundings: at school, in youth clubs, and so on. The article is based on results of a research project of several researchers and discusses the ideas of immigrants' membership in the frames of everyday interaction, life course, positions among welfare structures, and hegemonic societal discourses. The concept of membership is used to cover these different stages of life and to bind together different studies behind this article. Young immigrants who live in current Finland are pioneers, who are forced to meet the confusion of the receiving culture. At the moment, young immigrants see anti-immigrant sentiments as self-evident and something they have to learn to live with. Their areas of membership are often guarded and limited, and it seems that a lot of anti-racist work is still needed in Finland. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland