Generational Negotiations on Young Men’s Criminality and Ethnic Hierarchies in Finland
This chapter analyses the dialogue between generations on youth criminality and its treatment in institutional settings. It is based on a study of criminality of young men who are either migrants or otherwise categorized as ethnic minorities in Finland because of their family ties (Honkatukia and Suurpää 2007). Twenty young men were interviewed together with 40 representatives of adult society dealing with issues such as youth criminality, multiculturalism or integration. We will analyse situations and contexts in which young men encounter institutional representatives of adult society, particularly social workers or the police. We will explore the ways in which young men’s personal concerns such as belonging or exclusion in youth cultural contexts are taken up in these encounters.