New publication delves into the relationship between youth and technology in sparsely populated areas of Finland


In their new publication Assembling places, technologies and young people – becoming rural youth with vehicles and digital technologies in Finland Finnish researchers Ville Pöysä and Helena Ristaniemi (University of Jyväskylä) delve into the lives of young people in rural Finland. The article discusses the meanings of different technologies, such as vehicles and digital technology in rural areas:

In this article, we explore the meanings of different technologies, especially vehicles and digital technologies, in the lives of young rural people. This article combines two different qualitative longitudinal data collections from rural areas of Finland. We employ a new materialist framework, especially the Deleuzo-Guattarian assemblage theory and the theoretical concept of becoming. We ask how rural places, youth, and technologies assemble in everyday life. We argue that rural youth becomings assemble not only with traditional technologies, such as mopeds, snowmobiles, and cars, but also with digital technologies, the internet, and social media. In this article, we suggest that rural youth research would benefit from theoretical and methodological reiterations of different rural materialities and human and non-human fluxes.

Published in Journal of Youth Studies