University of Oulu

Kettunen, M. (2023). Negotiating Multiple Spatialities: Geographies of Youth Educational Subjectivity. YOUNG, 31(3), 215–232.

Negotiating multiple spatialities : geographies of youth educational subjectivity

Saved in:
Author: Kettunen, Marika1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.7 MB)
Persistent link:
Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-06-12


This article examines the spatial dynamics of youth educational subjectivity formation. Drawing on qualitative interviews conducted in sparsely habited northern Finland, the article focuses on the experiences of 15–16-year-old young people making choices regarding post compulsory education. Employing a sociospatial-relational framework, the paper explores how youth educational subjectivities are constructed in relation to educational policy discourses and structural opportunities, as well as young people’s own imaginaries of life and education in specific places. In attending to spatiality in a regional context, the analysis brings into view multiple spatialities that are present when young people are making choices regarding education and mobility. The article concludes that the formation of young people’s educational subjectivity is best understood as a relational process that is inherently a sociospatial one.

see all

Series: Young
ISSN: 1103-3088
ISSN-E: 1741-3222
ISSN-L: 1103-3088
Volume: 31
Issue: 3
Pages: 215 - 232
DOI: 10.1177/11033088231151354
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: This work was supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s North Karelia Regional Fund, Kyösti Haataja Foundation, Olvi Foundation, and the University of Oulu Graduate School.
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s). Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-Commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the Sage and Open Access pages (