University of Tampere (UTA-16)
The Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, Finland
The Department of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Tampere in Finland covers the disciplines of Sociology, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology. It is characterized by two intertwined and complementary approaches. Firstly, structural analysis is applied in comparative research projects that analyse Finnish society and other European societies. Structural and comparative analysis is also typical of social anthropology, where the area of interest often extends to other continents. Secondly, research with emphasis on meaning and action that focuses on the social construction of reality is used particularly in cultural studies and conversation analysis.
Research is undertaken on a wide spectre of topics, such as social transformations in post-socialist countries and the information society. Moreover, research activities continuously address everyday life, family, childhood, leisure time and work life. The Department traditionally develops research methods and strategies for the social sciences and it designs and conducts multi-disciplinary, comparative and international research projects.
At the moment there are seven professors, nine senior assistant professors, thirty-five researchers, ten research assistants and administrative staff employed at the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology.
University of Tampere
Department of Sociology and Social Psychology
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About Raino Blom
from University of Tampere
Raino Blom is Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Tampere in Finland. His main fields of research encompass comparative structural studies between the Nordic and Baltic Countries; Studies in Russian transition; Studies of knowledge work and information society; as well as studies in social theory, particularly in theory of politics and civil society. In recent years, Raino Blom has written about wage earners and the labour market situation, as well as about the information society and the transformation of organizations in Finland.
About Eriikka Oinonen
from University of Tampere
Eriikka Oinonen, Dr, Master of Social Sciences, is a researcher at the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Tampere in Finland. She has studied sociology, social anthropology, social psychology and women’s studies. Her main research interests include cultural and historical construction of family institutions and gender relations, comparative qualitative research, Spanish culture and society. Eriikka Oinonen has published about families and coping strategies, comparative analyses of ‘ideological families’ as well as about sociological changes in Finland in the 1990s.