Appearing as Impossible Subjects on the Scene of Education: Potato Smashing, Lying on Sofas and Asking for a Key

Maija Lanas, Maria Petäjäniemi, Anne-Mari Väisänen, Kaisu Alamikkelä, Iida Kauhanen, Kirsi Yliniva

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Abstract

In this chapter, we explore a form of young people’s activism taking place in a central societal institution and a central forum in the lives of young people – school – that we conceptualise as ‘active equity’. We present three cases from northern Finland: reindeer herders smashing potatoes, immigrant youth requesting a key and young people lying on sofas during breaks between lessons. We suggest that these acts, in the contexts in which they took place, were an unrecognised form of social action for equity undertaken by young people. We argue that the concept of active equity helps examine the assertion of rights and claims for justice by children and young people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildhood, Youth and Activism
Subtitle of host publicationDemands for Rights and Justice from Young People and their Advocates
EditorsKatie Wright, Julie McLeod
PublisherEmerald
Pages73-88
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80117-468-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-80117-469-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameSociological Studies of Children and Youth
Volume33
ISSN (Print)1537-4661

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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