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Reconstructed Landscapes of Northern Youth : Reading the Autobiographies of Finnish Youth, 1945–1960 (2021)


Jouhki, Essi; Vehkalahti, Kaisa (2021). Reconstructed Landscapes of Northern Youth : Reading the Autobiographies of Finnish Youth, 1945–1960. In Tuominen, Marja; Ashplant, T. G.; Harjumaa, Tiina (Eds.) Reconstructing Minds and Landscapes : Silent Post-War Memory in the Margins of History (pp. 131-149). New York: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003032472-9


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Jouhki, Essi; Vehkalahti, Kaisa

Parent publication: Reconstructing Minds and Landscapes : Silent Post-War Memory in the Margins of History

Parent publication editors: Tuominen, Marja; Ashplant, T. G.; Harjumaa, Tiina

ISBN: 978-0-367-46981-8

eISBN: 978-1-00-303247-2

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 131-149

Number of pages in the book: 250

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: New York

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003032472-9

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Abstract

This chapter explores how growing up environments and landscapes are remembered, described and depicted in autobiographies written by people who experienced the reconstruction era in northern Finland in their childhood and youth. The article is based on a collection of submissions to the essay called “Generations of Youth” in 2010 and archived in the Finnish Folklore Archives. The texts provide an interesting opportunity to investigate the cultural meanings attached to growing up environments, mindscapes, and places of childhood and youth in post-war Finland. The chapter combines approaches from the fields of history as well as humanistic geography. It addresses the question of how children and youth of the 1950s and 1960s built and reconstructed their identities and memories through different environments, places, and landscapes. The narratives depict the rural landscape and northern nature as particularly emotional sites, ones through which memories and emotions attached to childhood are articulated. The rural landscape becomes emblematic of safety, tranquillity, and happiness, even though rural life is also described in terms of poverty, shortages, and hardship.


Keywords: environment; landscape; countryside; childhood; youth; postwar period; life history; personal narrative

Free keywords: environments; landscapes; autobiographies; childhood; youth


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Preliminary JUFO rating: 3


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