Youth in a Changing Karelia
A Comparative Study of Everyday Life, Future Orientations and Political Culture of Youth in North-West Russia and Eastern Finland
This title was first published in 2000: The book is aimed at uncovering certain features of the future of Karelia, which is partly situated in Russia and Finland. The authors believe that this can be done by studying in depth the opinions, values, norms, beliefs, fears and hopes of young people living in two neighbouring but profoundly different societies: Russia and Finland. Young people are constructing these societies in the 20th century. The book is based on a comparative research project, financed by the Academy of Finland, which was carried out during 1995-1997 by an international, inter-disciplinary research group. The novelty of the book is based on the use of different research methods and theoretical starting points. One of the crucial questions raised by the book concerns the applicability of Western theories in research into Russian society and people. The analysis shows that many of the concepts applied frequently in Western social sciences do not apply in research relating to Russian specific culture. The book proposes that more attention should be paid to the challenges of comparative research.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: Living in Karelia - the changing life contexts of adolescents. The Everyday Life of Young People: The everyday life of young people in Karelia in the mid-1990s; Health and health behaviour of Karelian and Finnish young people. Adolescents’ Values and Identity Development in Changing Societies: Introduction; Value orientations of Russian and Finnish young people; What is valued in work?; Gender differences in identity development. Constructing a Personal Future: Introduction; The personal future - general aspects of adolescents’ future orientation; Developing occupational goals and plans; Personal future in hopes and fears; My daily life in 2010, Finnish and Russian adolescents’ constructs of their future everyday life. Political Culture of Young People: Introduction; Social values and attitudes of Russian and Finnish youth; The political commitment and knowledge of Russian and Finnish young people; The national prejudices of Russian and Finnish young people. Conclusions: The challenges of cross-cultural research.
’...professionals in the field will find much of interest...for students curious about young people in this corner of the world, this is clearly good reading...’ Slavic Review