11.04.2006

Resources, locality and life course

In this study the core research question concerns the rules of formation and transformation of economic, cultural and social resources across the (individual) life course, in the different life phases, and within the spatially bounded locality where people live. The actual lives and practices of social actors are investigated, in order to reveal (1) the relations between forms of resources and their transformability, as these appear in actual daily life, and (2) the relations between different forms of economic, social and cultural resources, as they are actualized in actors' practices.

This interdisciplinary project consists of five subprojects, each targeting one life-phase group: children, students and young adults, parents with young children, middle-aged people, and elderly people, all living in one locality. Locality and life course provide the two intersecting entry points into the study of economic, social and cultural resources. Two PhD studies will develop their own topics within the overall project theme. This project will be executed 2005–2008 and is funded by Academy of Finland.

Research methods  include life-course interviews (individual and in groups), as well as quantitative data on the networks, associations, institutions and enterprises in which the targeted individuals are, and have been, involved during their life history. Also secondary data on the locality (originating in large quantitative studies: PISA, CIVIC) will be utilized.

Research group:

Martti Siisiäinen
Professor, director in charge of research
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
E-mail: msiisiai@yfi.jyu.fi

Päivi Kivelä
Researcher
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
E-mail: ptkivela@yfi.jyu.fi

Marjatta Marin
Professor emerita
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
E-mail: mmarin@cc.jyu.fi

Leena Alanen
Professor
Department of Early Childhood Education
E-mail: lalanen@edu.jyu.fi

Anja-Riitta Lehtinen
Senior lecturer
Department of Early Childhood Education
E-mail: anja-riitta.lehtinen@edu.jyu.fi

Mari Vuorisalo
Researcher
Department of Early Childhood Education
E-mail: mari.vuorisalo@edu.jyu.fi

Matti Vesa Volanen
Researcher
Institute for Educational Research
E-mail: matti.vesa.volanen@ktl.jyu.fi