Tanja Joelsson

Tanja Joelsson


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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 762 81
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 463
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Current research

I am currently evaluating a manual based violence prevention program, Mentors in Violence Prevention, in selected Swedish elementary and upper secondary schools, together with Linnéa Bruno. Principal investigator is Professor Lucas Gottzén.


Previous research

I defended my thesis at Tema Genus in spring 2013, within the field of Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities. I was part of a wider research project titled 'Doing Driving, Doing Design: Gender, Age and Transport Practices' (4D), funded by Vinnova, Linköping University and Luleå University of Technology.

In my ethnographic thesis of the 'Volvo greasers' [Volvoraggare] in a peri-urban community in Sweden, risk-taking practices with motor vehicles, such as speeding and drifting, are explored and analyzed in relation to age, gender, class and place. Young men's risk-taking with motor vehicles regularly generates public debate as a traffic safety issue, often resulting in various policy suggestions, such as curfews or raising of the driving licence age. Seldom are these suggested solutions based on critical ethnographic research where intersections of age, gender, class and place are highlighted. The study is based on ethnographic fieldwork, that is, participant observation, and informal and formal interviews, with greaser men and women between the ages of 15 and 19, as well as formal interviews with pupils at the local high school and with youth centre staff in the local community.

Last updated: August 23, 2019

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