Moral Orders of Mobility : Youth Aspirations and ‘Doing’ Social Position in Finland
Nikunen, M., & Ikonen, H.-M. (2021). Moral Orders of Mobility : Youth Aspirations and ‘Doing’ Social Position in Finland. Sociological Research Online, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780421997838
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By studying the moral orders that young Finnish adults (aged 18–30) attach to geographical mobility, this article reveals previously neglected relationships between aspiration and mobility. The 40 young adult interviewees are living in the midst of Finnish political debates about youth aspiration, which emphasise geographical rather than social mobility as a way to enhance employability and demonstrate aspiration. We argue that young people themselves use the discourse of geographical mobility by leaning on morally ordered social positionings which tend to be classed and gendered. They position themselves on a moral map of Finnish society, and in doing so they work and rework the social order and social hierarchies among young adults. The article suggests that notions of global and domestic mobility might best be grasped by focusing on the moral orders of aspiration that young adults also attach to intimate life.
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