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Salla Atkins and Meri Koivusalo

Covid-19 – a challenge not only to health systems, but to expertise and politics

Epidemics in general are costly reminders of importance in investing in public health and preparedness. Yet in many countries spending on public health remains diminishing fraction of what is spent on health. Teaching and research on public health have slowly […]

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Tuomo Särkikoski (translation by Jarkko Hagelberg)

Will the machine run amok?

It is certainly possible to regard social robots simply as tools and amusements of the smart age. However, they should be consistent with ethically solid and maybe even politically balanced modes of interaction and behavior. No longer can technical efficiency […]

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Harri Melin (translation by Veli-Pekka Ketola)

Finland is still a class society

Social classes are still with us. Finland is still a class society in which the class position determines the living conditions of individuals and families and in which education, income or risk of unemployment mostly depend on class. Finland is […]

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OLLI HERRANEN JA TERE VADÉN (translation by Salli Hakola)

Self-sufficiency defying common sense

The deviant nature of self-sufficiency is also irritating because it appears to challenge the morals of people. Although Nordlund never raises himself on a pedestal nor even encourages others to follow suit, readers feel they are being challenged. Perhaps, we […]

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Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (translation by Veli-Pekka Ketola)

Imagined past of masculinity

Entertainment is power. It sells us needs, ideas and concrete items. Vikings, knights and other “he-men” are used to advertize objects ranging from pickup trucks to condoms. The Middle Ages is still present in its imaginary form. It is an […]

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Tiina Heikkilä (translation by Heli Luosujärvi)

Collecting data threatens our freedom if we are not careful

 According to Couldry, we are living during a datafication, where the importance and capitalistic value of data is increasing in all sectors of the society. The concentration of data controlling creates conditions for the birth of unprecedented concentrations of power. Regardless, […]

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Tiina Heikkilä (translation by Veli-Pekka Ketola)

Difficulty to touch can isolate from others

Positive touch memories carry social and emotional capital. Those with a positive relationship to touching are affectively privileged, observes postdoctoral research fellow Marjo Kolehmainen. Touching between Finns is scant and often unnatural. The reason for this is searched in the […]

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Zsuzsa Millei, Tampere University, Nelli Piattoeva, Tampere University and Iveta Silova, Arizona State University.

The Berlin Wall and girls’ bows: Re-appraising histories of socialism through childhood memories

It seems that by the 30th anniversary, the media, as well as public and scientific discourses on socialism are ready for an overall reappraisal.

Changing media stories of the Cold War era Year 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, representing the downfall of socialism. In the international media since 1989, many stories have emerged describing former socialist regimes. […]

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Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir, Paula Nissilä, Fernando Oliveira Di Prinzio

Revisiting the science-religion interface: Glocal, bottom-up, multi-disciplinary

Philosophical and theological discussions on science and religion must be complemented by grounded, ethnographic bottom-up research, as well as critical research on science, religion and secularism in social sciences and humanities. An intensive, two-day colloquium on April 9 and 10 […]

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Mianna Meskus

The value of patients in medical research: Finnish experiences

Collecting, depositing and reusing human-derived material on mass scale entails the problem that the relationship between the physician-scientist and the patient-donor becomes ever more distant and superficial. Meanwhile, informed consent may begin to seem too restrictive and cumbersome a practice […]