9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Family Relationships and Emotions Building II, C6.01

German Finnish Children and Adolescents and Relationships to Finland

German Finnish Children and Adolescents and Relationships to Finland

The aim of my forthcoming PhD resesarch project is to study the second generation children in transnational German Finnish families in Germany. The focus of my research is to understand the experiences of German Finnish children and adolescents who acquired Finnish language mainly from their Finnish mothers and formulate a conception of conditions of growth into Finnish society and Finnishness. The data of this longitudinal study consist of interviews with 11 German Finnish children from 10 families. The children have told me their experiences of acquiring Finnish language, culture, and society which are changing and becoming deeper during their growing older. Acquired Finnish language is a basic condition and added to that through the content analysis of the data I have found functional, social, and emotional conditions of growth. More specific consideration of these conditions focused on children?s social relationship, developmental process of independence, and finally, orientation of nationality. In my presentation I will discuss about meaning of emotional bound to Finnish people and environment because preliminary findings suggest that affective experiences contribute to the orientation of nationality. Especially, I will focus on the alternative of national orientation; to be a cosmopolitan citizen, a Finnish orientated or a tourist in Finland?