Young Finnish Somalis Exploring Their Belonging Within Participatory Performative Research

Helena Oikarinen-Jabai

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Purpose – This chapter discusses the belonging of second- generation Finnish Somalis based on a participatory performative research project conducted in Helsinki with young second-generation immigrants.
Methodology/approach – The project involved organizing work- shops with teams of art and media professionals and, together with the co-researching participants, staging productions, such as photo and video exhibitions, and producing books and documentaries; these artworks, in turn, formed an important part of the research reporting. In these productions, the search for multiple homes and belonging formed a narrative that was expressed in both the audio- visual materials and the written stories.
Findings – The performative approaches and audio-visual methods employed in the study assisted the participants in dealing with questions of belonging and othering by emphasizing the strength and multifacetedness offered by outsider positions. In the “poten- tial spaces” created in the project setting, memories and experiences could be expressed in symbolic form, discussed, and rearticulated. This, in turn, made possible the negotiation of a form of cultural citizenship that combined different homes, nations, and senses of belonging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContested Belongings : Spaces, Practices, Biographies
EditorsKathy Davis, Halleh Ghorashi, Peer Smets
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2018
Article number10
ISBN (Print)9781787432079
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • belonging
  • cultural citizenship
  • 5141 Sociology
  • participatory approach

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