‘Becoming Better’ Through Education: Russian-Speaking Youngsters Narrate Their Childhood Agency in Finland

  • Marina Hakkarainen
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


This chapter examines narratives about schooling presented by Russian-speaking young adults who came to Finland with their parents as children. Russian-speaking young adults, like many other immigrants, talk about crucial changes in their lives after coming to another country. They talk about the ruptures they experienced and the continuity they had to work out; at the same time, they stress the role of Finnish schooling. In their stories, Finnish school contested the skills, knowledge and social competences they obtained before they came to Finland. However, they overcame these difficulties by mobilising their schooling agency, including their education experiences in the Russian education system. As a result, the recollections of the young adults about their immigrant childhoods represent their agency at school as significant in constructing their successful transnational and translocal biographies.


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  • Marina Hakkarainen
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  1. 1.European University at St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgRussia

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