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Description of research and teaching

I am a PhD candidate in Sociology in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. I use a novel research method called the Imitation Game to study how members of different groups manage cultural commonalities and difference to signal and identify group membership. The groups involved in the study are majority Finns, Finnish Somali, Finnish Swedes, the secular majority and devout Christians in Finland, dividing the dissertation into three research topics: Immigration, Language and Religion. My theoretical approach is interdisciplinary treading between sociology, social psychology and anthropology. The aim of my research is to increase our understanding of the role of cultural knowledge in social relations and our ways for distinguishing and dividing the world between “us” and “them”.

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

Publications 2019 2019

Active and latent social groups and their interactional expertise

Arminen, I., Segersven, O. E. A. & Simonen, M., 2019, In : Acta Sociologica. 62, 4, p. 391-405 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 2017 2019

  • 8 Oral presentation
  • 3 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Otto Erik Alexander Segersven (Attendee)
2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Ethnic Boundaries Revisited

Otto Erik Alexander Segersven (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Native Finns and the Finnish Somali – Imitation Game Experiments

Otto Erik Alexander Segersven (Speaker)
2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation