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About me

I am working as University Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Unit of Social Research, Tampere University. My background is in sociology and youth research, and I am especially interested in themes related to intersectionality, gender, racialisation and personal relationships. Recently, I have done research on negotiations on sexual consent in young people's everyday life; masculinities in 12-15-year-olds; and lived consequences of urban segregation in lower secondary schools.  

Research topics

Intersectionality, racialisation, social class, gender, youth, masculinities, close relationships

Selected publications

Peltola, Marja; Huilla, Heidi; Luoma, Tiina & Oittinen, Riikka (2023). Everyday life in schools in disadvantaged areas. In Finland’s Famous Education System – Unvarnished Insights into Finnish Schooling, edited by Martin Thrupp, Piia Seppänen, Jaakko Kauko & Sonja Kosunen. Singapore: Springer, 211–225. 

Aho, Timo & Peltola, Marja (2023). Doing Respectable Heteromasculinities in Boys and Young Men’s Talk on Sexual Encounters. Men and Masculinities 26 (2), 210–228.

Peltola, M. & Phoenix, A. (2022) Doing Whiteness and Masculinities at School. Finnish 12- to 15-Year-Olds’ Narratives on Multiethnicity. In Finnishness, Whiteness and Coloniality, edited by J. Hoegaerts, T. Liimatainen, L. Hekanaho & E. Peterson. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. 

Honkatukia, Päivi; Peltola, Marja; Aho, Timo & Saukkonen, Roosa (2022). Between Agency and Uncertainty. Young Women and Men Constructing Citizenship Through Stories of Sexual Harassment. Journal of Social Issues 

Peltola, M. & Phoenix, A. (2022) Nuancing Young Masculinities. Helsinki Boys' Intersectional Relationships in New Times. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press.

Peltola, M. (2021) Everyday consequences of selectiveness. Borderwork in the informal sphere of a lower secondary school in the metropolitan area of Helsinki, Finland. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42:1, 97-112, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2020.1861930.