Policy Press

Decolonising Social Work in Finland

Racialisation and Practices of Care

Edited by Kris Clarke, Leece Lee-Oliver and Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö

Published

Mar 28, 2024

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1447371427

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 28, 2024

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1447371441

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 28, 2024

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1447371441

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Decolonising Social Work in Finland

Introduction and Chapter 10 available open access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

This book examines the contemporary social care realities and practices of Finland, a small nation with a history enmeshed in social relations as both coloniser and colonised. Decolonising Social Work in Finland:

· Interrogates coloniality, racialisation and diversity in the context of Finnish social work and social care.

· Brings together racialised and mainstream White Finnish researchers, activists and community members to challenge relations of epistemic violence on racialised populations in Finland.

· Critically unpacks colonial views of care and wellbeing.

It will be essential reading for international scholars and students in the fields of Social Work, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Education.

“Exposing and dismantling the prevailing colonial structures and knowledge systems in social work, this powerful book offers a deep understanding of coloniality in the Nordic countries and beyond.” Kristín Loftsdóttir, University of Iceland

Introduction – Kris Clarke, Leece Lee-Oliver and Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö

Part 1: Exploring Coloniality in the Finnish Social Work Field

1. Between a Rock and Hard Place: Discussing Sámi Issues in Contemporary Finland: A Conversation With Ánneristen Juuso – Ánneristen Juuso (Anni-Kristiina Juuso)

2. Welfare State Nationalism, Family Reunification and Forced Migrants’ Strategies To Surpass Structural Violence – Camilla Nordberg, Joa Hiitola, Hanna Kara and Maija Jäppinen

3. Contesting Universalism in Finnish Health and Social Services: Experiences of Migrant Parents With a Disabled Child – Eveliina Heino, Hanna Kara and Annika Lillrank

4. Homonationalism and Talking Back in Finnish Social Work with Non-Heterosexual People with Refugee Background – Inka Söderström,

5. Social workers’ perceptions on structural challenges for minorities’ social care – Kati Turtiainen and Merja Anis

6. Arts-Based Entry Points for Epistemological Pluralism in Social Work Research: Deconstructing Racialised and Cultural Otherisation With Youth From Asylum Seeking Backgrounds – Enni Mikkonen

Part 2: Naming and Confronting Epistemic and Structural Injustice

7. Silence So Loud It Hurts: Racialisation, Erasure, and Future-Building in Finnish Social Work -

Koko Hubara

8. Transcultural Mental Health As the Colonisation of Racialised Bodies: A Personal Insight – Fadumo Dayib and Kris Clarke

9. Emergent Healing Spaces: Decolonising Healing and Wellness in Finland – Wambui Njuguna

10. Intersectional Knowledge Practices in Academia From Marginal Positions: Testimonios From Researchers of Colour in Finland – Smarika KC, Priscilla Osei and Kris Clarke

Part 3: Reimaging Caring and Social Work Futurities

11. Counter Archiving as a Decolonial Pedagogy of Collective Care – Lena Sawyer, Kris Clarke and Nana Osei-Kofi

12. Post-professional social work? Decolonising social work professionalism through the engagement of community health workers -Saana Raittila-Salo

13. Decolonising Mindfulness, Mindful Decolonisation, and Social Work Futurities – Michael Yellow Bird, and Holly Hatton-Bowers

Conclusion - Kris Clarke, Leece Lee-Oliver and Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö