Saija Peuronen


Language, participation and spaces of identification

- The construction of socio-ideological meanings in a Christian youth community -

I am a post-graduate student at the Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä. In my doctoral thesis, I address questions of participation, identification, and the construction of socio-ideological meanings in a youth community. In particular, my research focuses on a community of young Finnish Christians who share an interest in snowboarding and other lifestyle sports.

My thesis is based on four research articles and each of the individual articles deals with different types of data gathered both from social media spaces and offline settings. Each data set (interviews, web forum discussions, face-to-face interactions and amateur online videos) represents a different genre of the Christian snowboarders’ communicative practices. The analyses of the snowboarders’ multilingual and heteroglossic language use, interactions and multimodal performances help to understand the ways in which they construct shared knowledge, participatory roles and identifications with specific groups, cultures and values.

The study will contribute to the multidisciplinary framework of the Language and Superdiversity project by incorporating sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and ethnography into the micro-level examination of the community members’ sociolinguistic and social-semiotic repertoires.


  • Peuronen, S. (2014) Identifications through multimodal design: An analysis of mediated performance of Christian lifestyle sports in online video, in J. Tyrkkö & S. Leppänen (eds.) VARIENG eSeries, volume on Texts and Discourses of New Media. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.
  • Leppänen, S., S. Kytölä, H. Jousmäki, S. Peuronen & E. Westinen (2014). Entextualization and resemiotization as resources for identification in social media, in P. Seargeant & C. Tagg (eds.) The Language of Social Media: Identity and Community on the Internet. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 112-136.
  • Peuronen, S. (2013). Heteroglossia as a resource for reflexive participation in a community of Christian snowboarders in Finland. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17(3), pp. 297-323.
  • Leppänen, S. & S. Peuronen (2013). Multilingualism and the Internet, in C.A. Chapelle (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Kääntä, L, H. Koskela, S. Leppänen, S. Peuronen & T. Paakkinen (2013). Learning English in social interaction: the case of Big Brother Finland. The Modern Language Journal 97(2), pp. 340-359.
  • Leppänen, S. & Peuronen, S. (2012). Multilingualism on the Internet, in M. Martin-Jones, A. Blackledge & A. Creese (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 384-402.
  • Peuronen, S. (2011). “Ride hard, live forever”: Translocal identities in an online community of extreme sports Christians, in C. Thurlow and K. Mroczek (eds.) Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 154-176.
  • Leppänen, S., Nikula, T., Pitkänen-Huhta, A., Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Peuronen, S. (2009). Young people’s translocal new media uses: A multiperspective analysis of language choice and heteroglossia. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 14(4), pp. 1080-1107.


  • EKIP404 Discourse and Literacy
  • KLSS113 Näkökulmia monikielisyyteen
  • EKIS512 Multilingualism and Transcultural Practices