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Personlig profil


Sirpa Tenhunen’s research interests include the anthropological study of technology, innovations and new media as well as the anthropology of development, politics, economy, gender and kinship. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork both in rural and urban India.

Her latest research has focused on the appropriation of mobile phones in rural India. Her book “A Village Goes Mobile Telephony, Mediation and Social Change in Rural India” was published in 2018 by the Oxford University Press.

She has worked as a researcher at the Academy of Finland and taught anthropology at the University of Jyväskylä before joining the University of Helsinki in 2017. Her doctoral dissertation explored women’s wage work and agency in urban India. Her post doctoral research has focused on women’s political participation, symbolic construction or power and politics as well as reconstructions of gift giving and the market in rural India.

In addition to eight books, she has published articles in such peer review journals as Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Ethnos, Modern Asian Studies and Contemporary South Asia. Her books Introduction to Changing India: Culture, Politics and Development (Anthem Press 2012) and Muuttuva Intia (in Finnish, Edita 2007) which she wrote with Minna Säävälä, give a general idea of contemporary India as well as her research. She has been a visiting scholar at Brown University and at the University of Western Ontario.

Her teaching includes courses on all levels: basic, subject, advanced and postgraduate studies (altogether 40 courses). She has taught courses on anthropological theories, research methods, kinship, anthropology of technology and ethnography of South Asia as well as doctoral and Master’s level seminars.


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Publikationer 2005 2019

Land Dispossession and Everyday Politics in Rural Eastern India

Tenhunen, S., 20 okt 2019, I : Journal of Contemporary Asia. 49, 5, s. 863-865 4 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragBok/film/artikelrecensionVetenskaplig

A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India

Tenhunen, S. L., 24 apr 2018, 1 red. New York: Oxford University Press USA. 216 s.

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

Etnografia, innovaatiot ja kehitys: matkapuhelinten käyttöönotto Intian maaseudulla

Tenhunen, S. L., 2018, Soveltava kulttuurintutkimus. Hämeenaho, P., Suopajärvi, T. & Ylipulli, J. (red.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, s. 298-218 81 s. (Tietolipas; nr. 259).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Mobile phone use and social generations in rural India

Tenhunen, S. L., 2018, Digital Technologies and Generational Identity : ICT Usage Across the Life Course. Taipale, S. & Wilska, T-A. (red.). 1 red. Abington: Routledge, s. 134-146 12 s.

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Digital ethnography of mobiles for development

Tenhunen, S., 2017, The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A. & Bell, G. (red.). 1 red. Abingdon: Routledge, s. 387-395 8 s.

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 2011 2011

Aktiviteter 2008 2019

Jelena Salmen väitöskirjan ohjaus

Sirpa Tenhunen (Handledare), Laura Stark (Handledare)

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperHandledare eller bihandledare av doktorsavhandling

Sanni Sivosen vastaväittäjä

Sirpa Tenhunen (Handledare)
13 jan 2018

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling

Mobile Technology, mediation and social change in rural India

Sirpa Tenhunen (!!Speaker)
14 nov 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017Entangled Mobilities

Sirpa Tenhunen (Ordförande i organisationskommitté)
22 maj 201723 maj 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society (Tidskrift)

Sirpa Tenhunen (Referentgranskare)
15 dec 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

Press / media

Kännykkä vapautti Jantan miniät

Sirpa Tenhunen


1 mediabidrag

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Kun mobiiliteknologia tuli kylään

Sirpa Tenhunen


1 mediabidrag

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Haastattelu Yliopistolehdessä

Sirpa Tenhunen


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