A1 Journal article – refereed

Yläkouluikäisten syrjinnän, kiusaaminen ja rasismin kokemukset

List of Authors: Tuomas Zacheus, Mira Kalalahti, Janne Varjo, Minna Saarinen, Markku Jahnukainen, Marja-Liisa Mäkelä, Joel Kivirauma

Publisher: Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura

Place: Helsinki

Publication year: 2017

Journal: Terra: Maantieteellinen Aikakauskirja

Volume number: 129

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 13

URL: http://elektra.helsinki.fi/se/t/0040-3741/129/1/ylakoulu.pdf


In this article, we examine the experience of harassment, discrimination and racism
of students in 9th grade (aged 15–16) in eight Finnish schools in 2015. The research
material comprises semi‑structured interviews with 112 young people in Turku and
the Helsinki region. Although harassment, discrimination, and racism are seldom openly
outspoken, our analysis show that youth portray multiple forms of them in the interviews,
often associated with downplaying and silencing. Young people make ethnicity‑bounded
distinctions and categorisations that have their effect on the sense of belongingness. At the
worst, these experiences may lead to the underestimation of one’s own abilities to study
successfully and find a job in the future.

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