Memories of My Town — The Identities of Town Dwellers and their Places in Three Finnish Towns

Åström, Anna-Maria; Korkiakangas, Pirjo; Olsson, Pia
Title: Memories of My Town — The Identities of Town Dwellers and their Places in Three Finnish Towns
Authors: Åström, Anna-Maria (Editor)
Korkiakangas, Pirjo (Editor)
Olsson, Pia (Editor)
Product number: 9789517464338
Product form: Paperback
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Publ. product code: 1338404
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica. Ethnologica 8
Edition: 2004
Publication year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 249
Product family: Anthropology
Studia Fennica Ethnologica
Books in English
Finnish library classification: 42 SUOMI
YSO - General Finnish ontology: kaupunkikansatiede, kaupunkitutkimus, kaupunkiväestö, kokeminen, alueellinen identiteetti, tila, paikka, kaupunkikeskustat, kaupunkiympäristö, kaupungit
Key words: town centres, Place, Urban Environment, architecture, towns and cities
The volume Memories of my Town is an exploration into how town dwellers experience their environment in a complicated way .As people in urban milieus relate themselves to the environment, this takes place on many levels, where especially the time level becomes problematic. The urban buildings and settings can be looked upon as a kind of collective history, as carriers or witnesses of times past. But it is only the town dwellers that experience urban time itself, the time they live in, but through their memories also times past. In this past some elements take symbolicaly dense expressions. Through reliving and narrating their experiences the symbolically important factors in the this urban relationship will be outlined for investigations conserning three towns, Helsinki, the capital, Viborg, the ceded and lost Carelian town, and Jyväskylä, a town with dense commercial and civilisatory dimensions in the middle of Finland. The symbolic aspects are the kern in all the articles of the book Memories of my Town. The aim of the book and its articles has been to use different theoretical concepts as guidelines in analysing the different narrative texts. Thus the articles are to be seen as independent contributions to the scientific discussion about places, urbanism, memories and narratives. The ethnological outlook is on the other hand an outcome of the joint project Town Dwellers and their Places., whereby the articles substancially relate to one another. Thus the book can also be seen as a joint result of this urban project, which was sponsored by the Finnish Academy.