Hanna Snellman’s research discusses Finnish immigrants in Sweden.
Inspired by performance theory she discusses how museum curators of the 1970s were trapped in nostalgia when doing fieldwork among Finnish immigrants in urban locations of Sweden.
Nostalgic narratives of disappearing industrial community of one female laborer entail metaphors which point towards meaningful values such as togetherness.
In her narration, certain sites become nostalgic symbols of abstract changes.
Leena Paaskoski’s article focuses on the questions of vocational choice, education and occupation of forestry employees in post-WWII Finland.
An extensive oral history material, biographical interviews with the Finnish forestry officers and foresters, is given in order to illuminate the concepts of family capital and upward social mobility at the individual everyday level.
In the previous research, the adoption of trousers into women’s dress has been seen as a sign of progress that took place in the 1970s.
Arja Turunen’s study shows that it took longer; the dress codes of the 1950s were basically the middle class dress codes that, first of all, were adopted in the Finnish society at large from the 1920s to 1950s and they’ve been followed ever since although the new informal dress code has replaced it in some cases since the 1970s.
The Academy of Finland funded "Happy Days" 2011-2015 (PI Hanna Snellman) had two objectives: to discuss the concept of nostalgia and deconstruct the nostalgia related to1950s by providing a more complex picture of the era.
The project idea is also to problematize the established way of viewing the 20th century as certain epochs.