They came to the conclusion that nostalgia is often attached to topics and periods of time that are linked to a certain amount of struggle and misery, and above all .
The 1950s feeds nostalgia because of the contradictions in people’s experiences and because of the need to take distance from past events and conditions.
Nostalgic narratives of disappearing industrial community of one female laborer entail metaphors which point towards meaningful values such as togetherness.
In her narration, certain sites become nostalgic symbols of abstract changes.
Women are also studied in Lena Marander-Eklund’s sub-study: Her research on house wives has resulted in several articles and a book manuscript which has been accepted to be published by the Swedish Literature Society in Finland in 2014.
Narratives of women are discussed in the context of the changing society of the extended 1950s: home making, marriage and professionalizing of women’s work deconstruct the nostalgic way of seeing the 1950s.Leena Paaskoski’s article focuses on the questions of vocational choice, education and occupation of forestry employees in post-WWII Finland.An extensive oral history material, biographical interviews with the Finnish forestry officers and foresters, is given in order to illuminate the concepts of family capital and upward social mobility at the individual everyday level.Because the situation in Finland after the war strongly favored education, young men were encouraged to educate themselves in the hope of obtaining an economically and socially better future and in order to get more skilled workers for society.Social upward mobility, getting more occupational prestige and higher socio-economic positions compared to their fathers, was typical for these forestry employees, as well as the whole Finnish society in the extended 1950s.Hanna Snellman’s research discusses Finnish immigrants in Sweden.Inspired by performance theory she discusses how museum curators of the 1970s were trapped in nostalgia when doing fieldwork among Finnish immigrants in urban locations of Sweden.The Academy of Finland funded "Happy Days" 2011-2015 (PI Hanna Snellman) had two objectives: to discuss the concept of nostalgia and deconstruct the nostalgia related to1950s by providing a more complex picture of the era.The project idea is also to problematize the established way of viewing the 20th century as certain epochs.Both stories have political aspects and consequences, and in her articles that are now in the making Turunen discusses, what are these aspects and consequences.In her sub-project and its publications Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto highlights the constructive and critical dimension of nostalgia.