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Description of research and teaching


Peter Holley received his Master of Social Science degree in Sociology in July 2008.

He is currently Doctoral Student at the Department of Social Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. He also works as a researcher at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN). Holley is interested in international migration; personhood; citizenship; ethnic, racial and national identifications; ordinary cosmopolitanisms; ethnographic methods; and narrative and discourse analysis.

Holley's research is supervised by Professor David Inglis, Department of Social Research (Sociology) and Dr Östen Wahlbeck, Swedish School of Social Science (Sociology). 

Research areas:

  • Sociology
  • International migration
  • Finland
  • Personhood, self and identity
  • Ethnicity, 'race' and nationhood
  • Cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism
  • Everyday knowledge
  • Ethnography (multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, biographic narrative interviewing and focus group discussions)
  • Narrative and discourse analysis (discursive constructionism)

Current Research:

Doctoral research project title: Situated Subjectivities: Narrative Identity and Human Agency in the Context of Migration


Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Transnationalism
  • Nationalism
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Subjectivity
  • Identity
  • Collective Identification
  • Ethnography
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Ethnicity
  • 'Race'/Racism
  • 514 Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Qualitative Research
  • Migrancy
  • Intersectionality

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.