The Native Finn and the Finnish immigrant : An Imitation Game research exploring the interactional methods of making distinctions

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Title: The Native Finn and the Finnish immigrant : An Imitation Game research exploring the interactional methods of making distinctions
Author: Segersven, Otto
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research
Publisher: Helsingfors universitet
Date: 2016
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201703273466
http://hdl.handle.net/10138/163840
Thesis level: master's thesis
Abstract: This study is a master’s thesis which investigates the relationship between the Finnish native population and the Finnish immigrant population by using an experimental research method called the imitation game. The material has been gathered in two separate 'nationhood' imitation game events in Helsinki during 2015 with 28 participants in total. The central theoretical concept used for the analysis of the imitation game data is interactional expertise – a concept aimed to reveal how different social groups come to understand and recognize each other (Collins & Evans, 2013). By using an ethnomethodological perspective, interactional expertise has been further argued to include a group member’s ability to form an epistemic, experiential and categorical correspondence with a social group (Arminen & Simonen, 2015). The focus of this thesis is twofolded: a) by investigating how native Finns distinguish themselves from Finnish immigrants, it aims to shed light on the process of inclusion and exclusion between the native Finnish population and the Finnish immigrant population. It will also critically assess the notion of 'Finnish immigrants' as a social group by reviewing their ability to distinguish fellow Finnish immigrants from native Finns. And b) this is a methodological study which aims to assess and develop the analytical tools and typologies provided by previous imitation game research.
Discipline: Sociology
Sosiologia
Sociologi


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