On the Educational Edges of a Learning Society: The Finnish Hinterland as a Framework of Educational Choices for Young People
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CitationArmila, Päivi. Käyhkö, Mari. Pöysä, Ville. (2018). On the Educational Edges of a Learning Society: The Finnish Hinterland as a Framework of Educational Choices for Young People. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, [Epub ahead of print 19 Mar 2018], 1-18. 10.1080/13676261.2018.1453128.
In this article, we examine the school-going and educational choices of youth living in sparsely populated regions of Finland that are located far away from educational institutions. We ask the following question: What kind of concrete impact does the geographic narrowing of educational possibilities have on the lives of youth in remote villages? Thirty-five interviewees (15 boys and 20 girls) between the ages of 14 and 18 were selected for this analysis. According to the results, gender and families’ symbolic resources are still strong predictors of youth’s educational choices; however, in the Finnish hinterland, families’ economic resources become a significant reflection of young people’s realistic educational possibilities. The youth in our analysis can be seen as ‘others’ of the contemporary educational and regional policies – that is, members of a learning society who are living in an educational vacuum and are forced to create their educational paths by making numerous compromises and forgetting many of their personal dreams. Their situation is not unique, as Finland’s wide-ranging neoliberal centralisation policies tend to create educational vacuums in certain regions on the edges of society.