RASTI - Limited Social Spaces

A study on the social relationships, sense of belonging and well-being of ageing Russian-speaking men living in Finland (2023–2027)

This research project explores social relationships, subjective well-being, feelings of belonging and notions of respectability among older Russian-speaking men living in Capital Region of Finland. The project focuses on the role of city spaces, including virtual ones, as enabling or limiting men's social relationships. These chances and barriers structuring social life may relate to city infrastructure, segregation of living environments, cultural background of migrant men and their self-perceptions. Alongside analysing CHARM survey data, the project uses methods of interviews, mapping and observation by which the project produces new knowledge about the determinants of migrants’ sense of belonging, experiences of respectability and ways of coping with discrimination. The project is financed by Kone Foundation and led by Ilkka Pietilä.