Urban ethnographic discoveries on the streets and stations in Helsinki and Saint Petersburg
Digital Youth in Media City (DiMe) research project produces a new, international, cross-disciplinary (media studies, sociology, youth research, urban studies) knowledge about urban digital life trends, confrontations, and control in everyday life of young people. Research is conducted in Helsinki and Saint Petersburg.
The project is significant in three ways.
- The project will produce a new knowledge on how digital technologies are in many ways present in urban lives of young generations, and what opportunities (or forms of voices) and restrictions (eg. control) they bring to lives of young people in a media city.
- The project is methodologically experimental. It applies comparative urban ethnography which crosses different boundaries between fieldwork in geographical (Helsinki and St. Petersburg) and local (metro) settings, boundaries between physical and virtual (internet) settings.
- The project is participatory and it’s aim is to strengthen transparency and openness in a media city, a dialogue between generations in society, to overcome gaps related to digital public life. The project will be carried out at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Sciences (project leader Sumiala), University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Honkatukia, Svynarenko), Finnish Youth Research Society (Suurpää, Mulari) and the St. Petersburg National Research University Higher School of Economics, the Center for Youth Studies (Omelchenko, Krupets).
Interdisciplinary approach. With the aim to understand the digital youth in media city this project brings together media studies, sociology, youth research and urban studies.
Methodologically experimental. The project will apply comparative methods of urban ethnography, and it will overcome the boundaries of field work in physical (urban, metro) and virtual (internet) spaces. The project is participatory and it will generate new ways to report and communicate research by the means of science, art and popular culture.