Arseniy Svynarenko and Mikko Perkiö

Taxi platforms respond to COVID-19 

SARS-COVID-19 has significantly slowed  down economies and stalled life in many cities across the globe. This hits very badly millions of taxi-drivers, among them Uber and other platform drivers whose social rights and security are least protected. The platforms react […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (translation by Salli Hakola)

Solving climate change: three fallacies