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FSD2795 Everyday Experiences of Poverty 2012: Follow-up Study

The dataset is (C) available for research only (including e.g. Master's, licentiate and doctoral theses). The dataset may not be used for other theses (e.g. Bachelor's or polytechnic theses), for other study purposes (e.g. seminar papers, essays) or teaching.

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  • Isola, Anna-Maria (University of Helsinki. Department of Social Policy)


debts, everyday life, experiences, life events, living conditions, low pay, poor persons, poverty, social disadvantage, social exclusion, social mobility, social services, unemployment


The dataset contains texts written in 2012 by persons who had taken part in the writing competition titled 'Everyday Experiences of Poverty' in 2006 in Finland (see FSD2413). The invitation for the study was sent to selected participants of the 2006 competition. The purpose of the study was to explore what the situations of the persons were like six years after the original writing competition.

In the data, the respondents describe their life and experiences relating to poverty or overcoming poverty in the time after the 2006 writing competition. The styles and lengths of the text vary between the respondents, and the data consist of, for instance, poems, prose and notes written in the manner of diary entries.

The respondents were also offered a possibility to take part in an interview (the transcriptions of which will potentially be archived as a separate dataset at a later date).

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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