Toimin myös YUNET - Nuorisotutkimuksen yliopistoverkoston koordinaattorina ja Tampereen yliopiston YUNET-koulutusyhteyshenkilönä (2013-2017)
Vastaanotto: Sopimuksen mukaan
nuorisotutkimus, lapsuudentutkimus, minuus ja identiteetti, ruumiillisuus
Tarkemmat tiedot opetuksesta sosiaalitieteiden kandidaattiohjelman ja nuorisotyön ja nuorisotutkimuksen maisteriohjelman (Sosiaalitieteiden tutkinto-ohjelma, nuorisotyön ja nuorisotutkimuksen opintosuunta) sekä Nuoret ja nuorisotyö -teemaopintojen opetusohjelmassa.
Väitöskirja varhaisnuorten ulkonäkökäsityksistä, työotsikko: Understanding Appearance and Identity in School-Aged Children (sosiaalipsykologia)
Doctoral thesis (working title): Understanding Appearance and Identity in School-Aged Children (social psychology)
My doctoral thesis is a social psychological study of school-aged children's experiences and perceptions concerning bodily appearance. Positioning in the fields of childhood and youth research, the study focuses on how appearance is made meaningful as part of the self – and identity – among 10–13-year-old girls and boys.
The aim of the study is to increase understanding about the meanings of appearance in this sensitive yet less studied a period of children's lives, characterized as early adolescence by developmental terms. Even if it is commonly acknowledged that pressures of appearance develop at ever younger age in the current context of consumerism and media culture, there is still relatively little research focusing on the embodied lives of early adolescent girls and boys. From this perspective, the study contributes to broader discussions on the psycho-social wellbeing of children and young people and the heightened cultural emphasis on appearance as part of the personal self-production.
Theoretically, children are seen as actors who actively create their own identity, making appearance meaningful as part of this process. The study employs discussions from the body image psychology and the sociology of the body about the body as lived, experienced and socially constructed, aiming to create dialogue between the two research traditions in the context of children's emerging identities. Identity is applied as a key theoretical and methodological concept, which allows to analyze children’s relationship with appearance as reflexive consciousness of the self and, at the same time, as socially mediated and negotiated agency.
The empirical research combines qualitative and quantitative methods, using two different forms of children’s self-reports as data: the questionnaires (especially an adapted form of the CDI, the ‘Children’s Depression Inventory’) and the theme writings produced in a school context within three related research projects (2002, 2006 and 2009).
The doctoral thesis has been funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the University of Tampere and Alfred Kordelin Foundation.