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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 Salli Hakola)

The future of work is not precarization but polarization

Work is always undergoing changes; the big turning point currently is polarization, the ever-growing divide between people in the labor market. Precarization is not actually the prevailing phenomenon, and, in fact, most workers remain in stable, full-time jobs. Polarization means […]

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Sari Katajala-Peltomaa and Ville Vuolanto (translation by Tiia Tikka)

The historicity of childhood and the history of childhood

The claim that the concept of childhood did not exist in the Middle Ages caused troublesome interpretations in the historical studies during 1970s. Family relations were seen as a great transformation from a lack of love and emotional commitment into […]

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Salla Atkins, Lieve Vanleeuw, Pedroso Nhassengo

Happy Christmas, you have tuberculosis!

Christmas – or Xmas, Hanukkah, end of year – or the festive season – is a time globally of holidays. When in Nordic countries we celebrate light after darkness, with family, during a short leave over the holidays, in Southern […]

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Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (translation by Salli Hakola)

Solving climate change: three fallacies

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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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CLAS-HÅKAN NYGÅRD, KIRSI LUMME-SANDT, ANNA SIUKOLA (translation by Heli Luosujärvi)

Available: A smart, committed and competent senior employee

A dilemma frames the life of the modern 55-year-old: can I ever retire and, on the other hand, if I get fired now will anyone hire me again. During the last ten years the employment rate of people approaching the […]

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