Power and (non)violence in the everyday and across institutional sites


Research on the theme area Power and (non)violence in the everyday and across institutional sites concentrates on (non)violence in human and more-than-human relations. The focus is, among others, on the prerequisites for, as well as possibilities and barriers of non-violence, safety, belonging and agency. The research is inspired by gender-responsible poststructural, new materialist and post-human methodologies and applies multiple qualitative and quantitative methods.

Key words: violence, non-violence, education, intergenerational, vulnerability, ethical, sustainability, intimate partnership, gender, peer-cultures, loneliness, belonging, non-belonging, (in)security, boys, girls, response-ability

Researchers(Emails forename.surname@oulu.fi unless otherwise stated)

  • Huuki, Tuija, PhD, Academy research fellow, Academy of Finland
    Gender-based violence in pre-teen relationship cultures: How history, place, affect and arts interventions matter
  • Parkkila, Helena,  MEd, doctoral student, Aurora doctoral programme
    Belonging and sexist violence – Capabilities of girls in a residential care institution
  • Rönkä, Anna R., PhD, researcher
    Experiences of loneliness from childhood to young adulthood
  • Alaraasakka, Eija, MEd, doctoral student 
    Beyond violence: Implementing security in schools
  • Pihkala, Suvi, PhD, postdoctoral researcher
    Feminist new materialisms and response-ability in addressing sexual harassment in pre-teen peer relations
  • Tumanyan, Marian, MA, doctoral student
    Arts-based methods in pedagogical communication about gender violence among pre-teen children
  • Uusikylä, Anu. MEd, doctoral student
    Nähty. Kuultu. Osallinen. Havaintoja oppilaiden merkityksellisten ja vastuullisten itseyksistä koulussa.
  • Haapanen, Satu, MEd, doctoral student
  • Isopahkala, Sanna, MEd, doctoral student
    Vaikeat tunteet koulussa
  • Kangas, Anu, MEd, doctoral student
    Violence in the family and the intergenerational transmission of violence
  • Haapakangas, Sari, PhD 
    Participation of children and parents in school (viewpoint of special education and equity)
  • Sunnari, Vappu, Docent

Selected publications

Holford, N, Renold, E & Huuki, T 2013: What (else) can a kiss do?: Theorizing the power plays in young children’s sexual cultures. Sexualities 16(5/6) 710-729.

Huuki, T., and Renold, E. 2015. Crush: mapping historical, material and affective force relations in young children’s hetero-sexual playground play. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, [Special Issue: Fabulous monsters: alternative discourses of childhood in education]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2015.1075730

Huuki, T., and Sunnari, V. 2015. Standing by…standing off — troublesome compassion in the relationships of school boys. Gender and Education 27(5), 555-574.

Heikkinen M (2015) Sexist harassment at University. In International conference proceedings: Gender, Law and Institutions. Publication UNESCO chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Nicosia.

Rönkä A, Rautio A, Koiranen M, Sunnari V & Taanila A (2014) Experience of loneliness among adolescent girls and boys: Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 study, Journal of Youth Studies, 17:2, 183-203, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2013.805876; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2013.805876

Rönkä A, Taanila, A, Koiranen M, Sunnari, V & Rautio, A (2013)  Associations of Deliberate Self-Harm with loneliness, self-related health and life satisfaction in Adolescence North Finland Birth Cohort Study 1986. Circumpolar Health 72:21085; http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21085

Rönkä, A (2017) Experiences of loneliness from childhoot to young adulthood. Study of the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986. Doctoral Thesis. Link: http://jultika.oulu.fi/Record/isbn978-952-62-1594-5

Pihkala, S (2018) Touchable matters: reconfiguring sustainable change through participatory design, education, and everyday engagement for non-violence. Doctoral Thesis. Retrieved from http://urn.fi/urn:isbn:9789526218434

Pihkala, S., Huuki, T., Heikkinen, M. & Sunnari, V (2018) Reconfigurings of Non-violence as a Matter of Sustainability and Response-ability, NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 26:3, 167-181, DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2018.1461130

Manninen, S. (2013) Masculinity and respect in flux: Olli's story. Gender and Education. 25(7) 872-888.

Heikkinen, Mervi & Sunnari, Vappu (2014) Unfulfilled Bodily Rights in Higher Education: Development of Sexual Harassment Policies during the past two decades. In Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 9:1, pp. 19-33

Manninen S, Huuki T & Sunnari V (2011) ’Earn Yo’ Respect!’ Respect in the Status Struggle of Finnish School Boys. Men and Masculinities Volume 14 Issue 3, 335–357

Huuki T, Manninen S & Sunnari V (2010) Humour as a resource and strategy for boys to gain status in the informal field of school. Gender and Education 22(4): 369–383

Huuki T (2010) Koulupoikien statuskamppailu väkivallan ja välittämisen valokiilassa. [The status work of school boys in the light of violence and caring.] Doctoral Thesis. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis E 113. Juvenes Print, Tampere.

Manninen, S. 2010.”Iso, vahva, rohkee - kaikenlaista. Maskuliinisuudet, poikien valtahierarkiat ja väkivalta koulussa”. Doctoral thesis. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis 112. Juvenes Print, Tampere.

Sunnari, Vappu (2010) “I cannot speak about it”. Physical Sexual harassment as experienced by children at school in Northern Finland and Northwest Russia. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller

Edited volumes

Huuki, T., Lunabba, H., Jokijärvi, A. and Jokinen, A.  (eds.) Paljon puhetta pojista. [Talking about Boys] The first Finnish academic, peer-reviewed anthology on boys and masculinities, bringing together new theorisations and research on Finnish boyhood studies (through 14 scientific articles).  Release in Spring 2017. (in process)

Sunnari, Pihkala, Heikkinen, Huuki & Manninen (2008) (Eds.) From Violence to Caring-gendered and sexualized violence as the challenge in the life-span. Conference proceedings. Oulun yliopiston Kasvatustieteiden julkaisuja.

Sunnari, Kangasvuo, Heikkinen & Kuorikoski. (2003) (Eds) Gendered and Sexualised Violence in Educational Environments. Femina Borealis 6, Yliopistopaino

Sunnari V, Kangasvuo J & Heikkinen M (2003) (Toim.) Leimattuna, kontrolloituna ja normitettuna. Sukupuolistunut ja seksualisoitunut väkivalta kasvatuksessa ja koulutuksessa. Oulun yliopistonpaino. Oulu.

Last updated: 2.11.2018