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University of Helsinki Department of Geography
Department of Geography

Pauliina Raento

Professor of Human Geography
Associate Editor, Political Geography
Recearch Director, The Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research

Ph.D. in Basque Studies (Geography),
University of Nevada, Reno

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Contact Information

Office Hours - Vastaanotot

Department of Geography
P. O. Box 64
00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358-(0)9-191-50780
Fax +358-(0)9-191-50760

Research Interests

Political Geography
(nationalism, identities, iconography, boundaries, borderlands, propaganda)

Cultural Geography
(popular culture, landscapes, material culture, food)

Geographies of Leisure and Recreation
(casino gaming, place promotion, sports)

Qualitative and Visual Methodologies

Finland, Spain, the United States of America

Publications in English

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Raento, P. (forthcoming in 2011; ed.). Popular Icons of Political Identity. The Geographical Review 101 (Special Issue).

Raento, P. (forthcoming in 2010). Stomaching change: Finns, food, and boundaries in the European Union. Geografiska Annaler B 92.

Raento, P. (2009). Interdisciplinarity. In Kitchin, R. & N. Thrift (eds.): The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume “General” (ed. J. Sidaway), 517–522. Elsevier, Oxford.

Raento, P. (2009). Tourism, nation, and the postage stamp. Examples from Finland. Annals of Tourism Research 36: 1, 124–148.

Raento, P. (2009). Borrowed names evoke a peculiar sense of place in Las Vegas. Association of American Geographers Newsletter 44: 3, 15.

O’Loughlin, J., P. Raento & J. D. Sidaway (2009). Editorial: Political Geography expands – both the medium and the message. Political Geography 28: 1, 1–4.

Raento, P. (2008; ed.). Symposium: Teaching European Identities. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 32: 3, 347–364.

O'Loughlin, J., P. Raento & J. D. Sidaway (2008). Editorial: Where the tradition meets its challengers. Political Geography 27: 1, 1–4.

Raento, P. & S. D. Brunn (2008). Picturing a nation: Finland in postage stamps, 1917–2000. In Raento, P. (ed.): Nation, State, and Identity in Finland. National Identities 10:1, 49-75 (Special Issue).

Raento, P. (2006). Communicating geopolitics through postage stamps: The case of Finland. Geopolitics 11: 4, 601– 629.

Raento, P. (2006). Changing food culture and identity in Finland. In Raento, P. (ed.): Finnishness in Finland and North America: Constituents, Changes, and Challenges. Aspasia Books, Toronto & Journal of Finnish Studies 9: 2 (2005).

Raento, P. & S. Flusty (2006). Three trips to Italy. Deconstructing the New Las Vegas. In Minca, C. & T. Oakes (eds.): Travels in paradox. Remapping tourism, 97–124. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.

Raento, P. & P. Hottola (2005). Where on earth is New York? Pedagogical lessons from Finnish geography students’ knowledge of the United States. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 14: 1, 5–27.

Raento, P. & S. D. Brunn (2005). Visualizing Finland. Postage stamps as political messengers. Geografiska Annaler Series B 87: 2, 145–163.

Raento, P. (2004). Ahead, a bright but challenging future. Journal of Cultural Geography 22: 1, 135–137.

Raento, P., A. Hämäläinen, H. Ikonen & N. Mikkonen (2004). Striking stories. A political geography of euro coinage. Political Geography 23: 8, 929–956.

Douglass, W. A. & P. Raento (2004). The tradition of invention. Conceiving Las Vegas. Annals of Tourism Research 31: 1, 7–23.

Raento, P. (2003). Gambling and community in Nowhere, Nevada: Jackpot and West Wendover in the twentieth century. Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 46: 1, 3–20.

Raento, P. (2003). The return of the one-armed bandit: gaming in the West. In Hausladen, G. J. (ed): Western places, American myths. How we think about the West, 225–252. University of Nevada Press, Reno.

Raento, P. (2002). Integration and division in the Basque borderland. In Kaplan, D. H. & J. Häkli (eds.): Boundaries and place. European borderlands in geographical context, 93–115. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.

Raento, P. & J. Westerholm (2002; eds.). Finland – Nature, society, and regions. Special Issue with CD-Rom. Fennia 180: 1–2.

Raento, P. & W. A. Douglass (2001). The naming of gaming. Names 49: 1, 1–35.

Raento, P. (2001). Gambling in the Rocky Mountains. Fennia 179: 1, 97–127.

Raento, P. & C. J. Watson (2000). Gernika, Guernica, Guernica? Contested meanings of a Basque place. Political Geography 19: 6, 707–736.

Raento, P. & K. A. Berry (1999). Geography’s spin at the wheel of American gambling. The Geographical Review 89: 4, 590–595.

Raento, P. (1999). Geography of Spanish Basque nationalism. In Herb, G. H. & D. H. Kaplan (eds.): Nested identities. Nationalism, territory, and scale, 219–235. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.

Raento, P. (1998). Borderlands and popular culture: Texas-Mexican border music, migration, preservation, and change. In Kaplan, J., M. Shackleton & M. Toivonen (eds.): Migration, preservation, and change. University of Helsinki Renvall Institute Publications 10, 111–125.

Raento, P. (1997). Political mobilization and place-specificity: radical nationalist street campaigning in the Spanish Basque Country. Space & Polity 1: 2, 191–204.