FSD2999 My Public Living Room Interviews 2014

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Study title

My Public Living Room Interviews 2014

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Data Type



  • Galanakis, Michail (York University. City Institute)


The data contain three interviews conducted in English in Toronto as part of the research component of the public space art project called "My Public Living Room". The project was realized in collaboration with the Toronto-based non-governmental organisation SKETCH Working Arts. The interviewees were young aspiring artistic and cultural producers who participated in the project, attended a workshop and collaboratively developed and realized an installation in a central public space of Toronto. The project was an exploration on the importance of public space as a living room for homeless queer youth. Many themes were discussed during the project and some are mentioned in the interviews. Themes such as social and spatial exclusion, identity, representation, community and belonging, etc.

The focus of the interviews was public space. The interviewees talked about their backgrounds, their favourite public spaces, their positive and negative experiences of/in public spaces, their ideal public spaces, etc. The three interviewees were members of ethnic and sexual minorities, therefore some of the questions sought to unfold their understanding of the discrimination they might had suffered in public space.

Background information included the interviewee's gender and age.


citizen participation; communities; cultural pluralism; culture; discrimination; homosexuality; identity; immigration; minority groups; racism; social inequality; subcultures; urban areas; urban development; urban environment; urban planning; urban spaces; voluntary organizations

Topic Classification

  • Social sciences (Fields of Science Classification)
  • Land use and planning (CESSDA Topic Classification)
  • Minorities (CESSDA Topic Classification)
  • Equality, inequality and social exclusion (CESSDA Topic Classification)
  • Community, urban and rural life (CESSDA Topic Classification)
  • Cultural activities and participation (CESSDA Topic Classification)


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Finnish Social Science Data Archive


The dataset is (B) available for research, teaching and study.

Data Collector

  • Galanakis, Michail (York University. City Institute)

Collection Dates

2014-06-18 – 2014-06-19



Geographical Coverage

Canada, Toronto

Analysis/Observation Unit Type




Persons who participated in the My Public Living Room art project

Time Method


Sampling Procedure

Non-probability: Purposive

The interviewees were participants in the public space art project My Public Living Room, and they were recruited by SKETCH Working Arts.

Collection Mode


Research Instrument

Interview scheme and/or themes

Data Processing

The original researcher has replaced the names of the interviewees with pseudonyms in the interview transcripts. He also asked the interviewees permission for archiving the transcripts.

Data Files

3 RTF files

Data File Language

The data files of this dataset are available in the following languages: English.

Qualitative data are available in their original language only and are not translated.

Data Version


Related Datasets

FSD2926 Intercultural Urban Public Space in Toronto 2011-2013

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The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.

Bibliographical Citation

Galanakis, Michail (York University): My Public Living Room Interviews 2014 [dataset]. Version 1.0 (2015-02-10). Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor]. http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:fsd:T-FSD2999

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The user shall notify the archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.


The original data creators and the archive bear no responsibility for any results or interpretations arising from the reuse of the data.

Other Material

See downloadable files at the top of the page.

More information on the SKETCH Working Arts organisation on its website.

More information on the project

Related Publications Tooltip

Rizzo, A. and Galanakis, M. (2015). Transdisciplinary Urbanism - Three Experiences from Europe and Canada. Cities, 47, 35-44.

Study description in machine readable DDI 2.0 format

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