AGORA coordinator and active research community member Inka Tähkä's MA thesis "“Everywhere you get these models of what you should be like.” Men, masculinities, and mental health." has been awarded as the Best Thesis 2022 of the Changing Education master's programme. Tähkä's thesis, supervised by Professor Kristiina Brunila, was also selected as the best thesis of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, of the academic year 2021-22 and with that, is nominated for the prestigious FERA (The Finnish Educational Research Association) thesis award.
The societally oriented, multidisciplinary thesis addresses an acute matter by examining young Finnish men's views of the connections between masculinity and mental health. Tähkä sheds light on the way power relations in society operate and position young men, and how this effects their experiences and views of mental health and wellbeing, and makes a good contribution to the literature on both topics in a novel and fresh way, analysing the views and experiences both sensitively and critically. Read the ambitious and topical MA thesis here.