Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Armila, Päivi
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title
DEQUAL: Capturing Digital Social Inequality Young digi-natives’ asymmetrical agencies within socio-technical imperatives and imaginaries
Decision No. 330573
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 279 166
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Project description
The project DEQUAL explores how digital information and communication technologies implicate in social inequalities among youth. In DEQUAL, Finland represents a society developed on digi-technological imperatives, and with young people who are considered as "digi-natives" with competences and opportunities to benefit digitalization in their life-courses. Statistics still show "digital divide" and unequal socio-material stratification among them. We aim at making visible this divide, both at the societal and life-course level, and operate in three different home-regions among youth born in 2005: Tampere (a growing city tempting young movers), Kouvola (a small town with a working-class image), and Käpykylä (a remote village with only some young inhabitants). The places are materially and socio-culturally different environments to grow up in a digital society, that seems to believe that digi-technologies cross the unfair structures maintained by, e.g., local opportunities and distances.