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Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

Hate Speech in Conversational Contexts: The Case of Roma Beggars

In Finnish: Vihapuheen vastaväitteet: keskustelunanalyyttinen interventio romanikerjäläiskysymykseen

Project Leader: Dr. Samu Pehkonen

Research Theme:

The project is concerned with insulting speech against Roma beggars in Finland. As a part of a larger project on insulting and restorative turns in face-to-face interaction, it looks at hate speech in interpersonal communication as a form of violence that is yet understudied in conflict research. By using conversation analytical method to study lay videos posted on Internet, the project aims to produce further evidence on the conversational means that reduce insulting talk and prevent conflicts resulting in physical violence. The project connects for now diverse discussions within the fields of peace and conflict research, interaction analysis and human geography in a search for a common framework to study verbal insults in public space. It also offers concrete interactional skills for those working with insults and restorative processes.


Funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation

Funding Period: 1.3.2015–28.2.2016

Recent Publications (selected):

  • Pehkonen, Samu (2013). Kättely ja kättelemättä jättäminen: esimerkkejä politiikasta ja urheilusta [The handshake (and its refusal) as a joint action. Examples from politics and sports]. Kosmopolis 43:4, 25–43.
  • Ikonen, Hanna-Mari & Samu Pehkonen (2013). Rural men in Nordic television programs. In Pini, Barbara, Gorman-Murray, Andrew & Lia Bryant (eds.). Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography. Lexington, New York, 67–79.
  • Pehkonen, Samu (2012). Classificatory narratives and membership-bound interpretations in interviews with retired miners in Sulitjelma, Norway. In Häyrynen, Simo, Turunen, Risto & Jopi Nyman (eds.). Locality, memory, reconstruction. The cultural challenges and possibilities of former single-industry communities. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 160–178.
  • Puumala, Eeva, Väyrynen, Tarja, Kynsilehto, Anitta & Samu Pehkonen (2011). Events of the body political: a Nancian reading of asylum-seekers’ bodily choreographies and resistance. Body & Society 17:4, 83–104.
  • Puumala, Eeva & Samu Pehkonen (2010). Corporeal choreographies between politics and the political. Failed asylum seekers moving from body politics to bodyspaces. International Political Sociology 4:1, 51–66.
  • Pehkonen, Samu (2009). Maan kuvailemisen taito: harjoituksia etnometodologisesta maantieteestä [The mundane skill of describing the local world. Ethnomethodological exercises in geography]. Joensuun yliopiston yhteiskuntatieteellisiä julkaisuja 95. 280 p. [PhD]
  • Jutila, Matti, Pehkonen, Samu & Tarja Väyrynen (2008). Resuscitating a discipline: an agenda for critical peace research. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 36:3, 623–640.
  • Pehkonen, Samu & Eeva Puumala (2008). Kehojen koreografia – kamppailu ruumiista vailla turvapaikkaa [Corporeal choreographies – struggle over bodies without asulym]. Terra 120:3, 159–168.
  • Möller, Frank & Samu Pehkonen (eds., 2003). Encountering the North – Cultural Geography, International Relations and Northern Landscapes. Aldershot: Ashgate


Samu Pehkonen
tel. +358(0)40 190 4005
Tampere Peace Research Institute,
Kalevantie 5, Tampere
FI-33014 University of Tampere (Finland)
Visiting address: Linna building, 6th floor, room 6070
Visiting address: Linna building, 6th floor
Postal address: TAPRI, School of Social Sciences and Humanities
FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland
tel. +358 (0)3 355 111
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