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  • Katajamäki, Sakari (ntamo, 2016)
    Kukunor. Dream and the tradition of nonsense literature in Lauri Viitaʼs long poem This study examines Lauri Viita s (1916 1965) long poem Kukunor. Satu ihmislapsille [‛Koko Nor. A fairy tale for human children ] (1949) and its dream features from the perspective of the European tradition of literary nonsense. Here nonsense literature is defined as language-centred and play- or game-like literature, which balances meaning or a multiplicity of meaning with an absence of meaning. Usually, nonsense literature is topsy-turvy and self-reflective and it frequently represents emotions that are at odds with current events. In addition to earlier research on nonsense literature, the present study uses the three most canonical European nonsense writers Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Christian Morgenstern as the corpus for defining and analysing this literary genre. This study analyses the kind of relations Kukunorʼs dream features (i.e., structures and themes connected with dreaming) have with its nonsensical features. It examines Viitaʼs long poem from several structural and thematic perspectives. Most of the essential structural phenomena analysed in this survey include topsy-turvydom, palimpsest structures, and autocentricity. Other topics of analysis include epistemological matters and the instability of the subject or its identity. The main linguistic research themes of this study focus on anomalies regarding referentiality and arbitrariness, the concreteness of language and literature, and linguistic generation. The epithet dream has seen repeated use in the context of nonsense literature, and many surveys have dealt with the relations between dreaming and nonsense, though not in depth. Thus, this study is both an analysis of Viitaʼs long poem and a survey of the interrelation between dreams and nonsensicality in the European canon of literary nonsense. The present study argues that many confusing or incoherent features in Kukunor embody many structures of dreams and nonsense literature. The survey of these intertwining structural, stylistic and thematic characteristics helps to perceive Viitaʼs long poem and the relations between its parts in new ways. Contrary to the view of Elizabeth Sewellʼs eminent book The Field of Nonsense (1952), the key features of the nonsense genre correspond in various ways with many characteristics of dreaming. In Kukunor, Lauri Viita masters both the structural features of dreaming and the poetics of nonsense literature. Kukunor is exceptional among Viita s literary works, but analysing it offers new perspectives for understanding Viita s entire oeuvre.
  • Kivelä, Juhani (Väittelijä, 2016)
    Abstract Silent alarm how incidents in society have been managed between 2012 and 2014 According to the government resolution on comprehensive security of 2012, situation snapshots are among of the most important bases of decision-making at all levels of operations. The resolution finds that preparedness arrangements related to Finnish security are well-functioning and do not require large-scale reforms; neither is there any reason to develop regulations related to specific procedures or incident management systems. In 2000s prior to 2010 and subsequently numerous regulatory and structural reforms applying to all security operators. The point of departure of the study was the researcher s view based on administrative experiences that the decision-makers lacked knowledge about the effects of reforms in the practical management of incidents. The aim of the study was to update the situation snapshot presented in the government resolution with the perspective of competent practical security operators. Incident management is a new concept and used as a sub-area of security management in government resolutions in the 2010s. The upper framework of the study is the framework of the management of overall security, which includes the security management of normal circumstances, incidents and war-time conditions. The main question posed by the study is: What did the state of incident management look like from the perspective of competent authorities after the administrative reforms and changes in the security environment that took place in the 2000s at the end of 2014? The empirical study focused on years 2012 2014. The study was a qualitative case study. The study object was selected as the macro and operative micro level of practical operations. At both levels, the aim was to gather comprehensive empirical data. In all 130 security operators were interviewed for the study. The micro level data comprises in all 79 interviews of emergency centre, rescue, police, border guard and municipal employees. These are supplemented by 11 regional level interviews with Regional State Administrative Agency and Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment employees. The macro level interview data comprises 38 interviews with the management of ministries, central government and NGOs. The document sources at macro level comprise government programmes, government resolutions, committee reports, regulative and structural reform decisions made in the 2000s and investigation reports of crisis and incident situations experienced. The interpretation of the sources is based on theory-based content analysis, for the purpose of which a loose interpretative framework based on international research literature was created. Its strategic management analyses are derived from T.E. Drabek s strategic management roadmap as well as concepts belonging to L. Johnston and C. Shearing s management theory. Operative management criteria are based on concepts formulated by Johnson and Shearing, which have been supplemented with H. de Bruijn and E.F. ten Heuvelhof s hybrid management criteria. Finally, the study observations have been analysed from the perspective of Drabek s main concept related to incident situations; coordination. Based on the analyses performed, the answer to the main question of the study, can be summarised as follows: 1.From the perspective of the competent authorities, incident management during the study period was administratively disorganised. The view presented in the 2012 resolution about the functioning of the arrangements during normal circumstances did not correspond to the management demands in 2012, or at the end of 2014. 2. The state of management exhibited significant deficiencies in both the strategic management coordination capabilities at the end of 2014. The hierarchical and network management arrangements related to incidents did not correspond to the hybrid management requirements of the incidents. 3. During the study period, the threats related to incidents increased and their management became an increasingly important area of comprehensive security. The deficiencies found in the study also weakened the management preconditions of comprehensive security. The practical conclusion of the study is that the management of incidents and comprehensive security require significant corrective measures and reforms. Moreover, the study revealed that the necessary reforms do not require large additional resources; some of the corrective measures can be performed with existing resources and some by reallocating resources. Based on the study findings, it appears that the loose theoretical framework created for content analysis seemed to suit the object of study and the analysis of data collected for it. Keywords: Comprehensive security, incident management, coordination, strategic, operative, hierarchical, network and hybrid management
  • Lahtela, Jenni (Helsingin Yliopisto, 2016)
    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths worldwide. It is characterised with a high level of intra- and intertumour heterogeneity. Large lung cancer sequencing efforts have identified clear histopathology-specific genetic alteration patterns, which in the cases of lung adenocarcinomas are applied in clinics to direct treatment. Furthermore, lung cancer immunotherapy approaches have recently shown promising results in clinical trials. However, a deeper understanding of the functional importance of novel lung cancer genes as well as the lung cancer-related niche and cell type specific propensities leading to molecular and microenvironmental tumour heterogeneity is needed to better translate the growing amount of information to patient stratified treatments. The first part of this thesis work concentrated on the functional in vitro and in vivo investigation of putative tumour suppressive characteristics of the EPH receptor A3 (EPHA3), a gene commonly mutated in human lung cancers. Our in vitro findings supported the tumour suppressive characteristics of EPHA3 and indicated that EPHA3-mediated tumour suppression was specifically dependent on its kinase activity. However, our in vivo investigation demonstrated that loss of EphA3 does not co-operate with two known genetic alterations of human lung cancer in murine lung tumourigenesis nor it effects lung morphogenesis. Hence, we conclude that our study demonstrates how functional validation of putative cancer genes can be challenged by biological complexity, which may result in acquired compensation or different functional roles in human and mice. The results from the second part of this thesis work showed that cells in the airways of mouse lungs had a higher propensity to develop faster growing and progressing lung tumours than the cells in the distal alveolar space when exposed to known lung cancer genetic alterations, namely expression of oncogenic Kras and loss of Lkb1 (KL). The lung tumours originated from the airways were predominantly classified as adenosquamous carcinomas (ASCs). ASCs showed elevated levels of genes associated with immunosuppression and a notable immune cell infiltration with an increase in the amount of possible myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). The KL ASC model may thus represent a relevant preclinical model for the study of anti-MDSC immune therapy as a treatment for ASCs, which in humans represent a rare but aggressive type of lung cancer. Thus, the findings in this thesis work highlight the importance of the functional niche in the progression of lung cancer and, therefore, possibly affecting a response to treatment. Niche-specific investigation of lung cancer genetic alterations thus leads to a more accurate stratification of the preclinical in vivo models, simultaneously revealing relevant molecular mechanisms underlying lung cancer heterogeneity.
  • Fränti-Pitkäranta, Marttiina (2016)
    Abstract This doctoral dissertation in metrological terminology is entitled Mittayksiköistä, maa-alojen mitoista ja arkkitehtonisista mittasuhteista antiikin Roomassa (On units of measurement, measures of land area and architectural dimensions in ancient Rome) and is included in the field of ancient languages and cultures within the Doctoral Programme for History and Cultural Heritage. This dissertation is based on Latin-language primary sources, i.e., texts that concern the ancient unit of the foot, measurements and names of land area, architectural symmetry relationships and metrological and terminological material related to the design of the Italic atrium-style house. The dissertation also discussis several Greek-language terms for units of measurement as well as words for land area and boundary markers in different languages. A significant part focuses on Vitruvius s concept of scaenographia, which was used by ancient architects and visual artists and was a precedent of what is today called perspective drawing. Because I will also explore these themes as an architect, my method and approach can be described as a combination of the linguistic, the mathematical and the visual.The dissertation includes 47 Latin-language citations drawn from critical editions of the following 12 authors: Varro, Vitruvius, Pliny, Columella, Frontinus, Balbus, Pseudo-Balbus, Festus, Boethius, Isidore, Pseudo-Boethius and Gerbert. I have translated into Finnish these previously untranslated citations, explained their content and meaning and, in some cases, described terminological continuums as part of the cultural heritage. Persons relevant to the topic in the classical and later periods include the following: Adelbold, Agatharchus, Alberti, Anaxagoras, Apuleius, Archimedes, Archytas, Augustine, Augustus, Barbaro, Vincent of Beauvois, Bede, Poggio Bracciolini, Bramante, Brunelleschi, Caesar, Calcidius, Cato, Cerceau, Cesariano, Cetius Faventinus, Chrysippus, Cicero, Circe, Claudius, Clodius Pulcher, Dante, Democritus, Diophantus, Dürer, Eratosthenes, Euclid, Fannius Synistor, Fibonacci, Piero della Francesca, Fulvius Nobilius, Gaius, Galen, Gellius, Geminus, Fra Giocondo, Hadrian, Heron, Hyginus, Justinian, Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzetti, Marcus Lucretius, Lucretius Fronto, Martial, Masaccio, Nero, Nicomachus, Novius, Octavia, Odysseus, Luca Pacioli, Plato, Polybius, Polykleitos, Priscus, Proclus, Pseudo-Hyginus, Pseudo-Nipsus, Pythagoras, Quintilian, Romulus, Seneca, Septimius Severus, Siculus Flaccus, Solinus, Solon, Strabo, Sulpicius Rufus, Suetonius, Symmachus, Theodora, Trajan and the author of the fragments of Varro.The research literature includes not only primary sources, but also publications in the fields of archaelogy and architecture, the visual arts, metrology and terminology in several languages (English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish and Swedish). Morover, the dissertation comprises 40 research images used to illustrade my writing. Of them, 27 include scenographic and geometric vistas I have reconstructed from Roman and Campanian architectural wall paintings. Three of the images feature my drawings related to Vitruvius s instructions for the dimensions of an Italic atrium house. In ten of the images, I explore the dimensions of the atrium and its adjoinining rooms based on Vitruvius s instructions. The images are based on my plan drawing of Marcus Lucretius s atrium house in Pompeii.
  • Kari, Markus (Into Kustannus Oy, 2016)
    Why did the norms governing the Finnish financial markets changed fundamentally over the 1980 s? To answer, this study applies the methodological framework of contemporary legal history: legal change is being placed to its relevant societal contexts. The 1980 s is a central decade in the transformation of the post-war Finnish society known as the Second republic to the Third republic, integrated to Europe. Also the nationalistic Finnish financial system characterized by regulation of interest rates, foreign exchange controls, and bank-centrality was transformed by creating new financial markets. The economic decision makers began to see Finland in the reference group of industrialized western or Nordic nations. The first perspective to the legal change is deregulation: dismantling the controls over interest rates and foreign exchange. Deregulation was in essence a long line of minor decisions taken by Bank of Finland. As a result, the law regarding finance was on a change. The second perspective to the change is reregulation: the birth of laws governing new markets and reformation of existing financial market laws. Such process was led by the senior officials of ministry of justice and ministry of finance. Reregulation was needed to create new financial markets. Such development was accepted by the main stream politicians. The process of change can be divided into three phases. The prime operator during the first period (end of the 1970 s around 1985) was Bank of Finland. Based on the analysis done by its economists, the central bank allowed more room for the private actors in the market. There is no evidence suggesting that Bank of Finland communicated its market creating plans to other economic policy makers or the general public. During the second period, (about 1986 87) two consecutive majority governments gave the mandate of legislating the stock markets and the option markets. Bank of Finland continued its deregulation. During the third period (from around 1988), the deregulation was finalized by Bank of Finland. A new round of legislation was passed, following closely the example of the European Communities. The third period can be labeled pre-integration, as Europeanization of the market took place before any political decisions to join the accelerating integration were taken. The three periods of legal change reflect pragmatic reactions to the 1980´s grand political changes in Finland and in Europe. The economic and political force of the Soviet Union was diminishing and European integration was accelerating. By the end of the decade a hubris of European integration existed in the Finnish society. A change parallel to the change in the financial markets can be seen within the human rights paradigm: Europeanization and more international perspective caused fundamental changes.
  • Kokkonen, Jarmo (Kirkon tutkimuskeskus, 2016)
    Sukupuoli ja yhteisöllisyys rippikoulun rituaaleissa Tässä tutkimuksessa kysyn, miten ja millaisina sukupuoli ja yhteisöllisyys rakentuvat rippikoulun rituaaleissa. Tutkimus paikantuu monitieteisesti uskontososiologian ja uskonnonpedagogiikan, etnografisen tutkimusperinteen sekä sukupuolentutkimuksen leikkauspisteisiin. Rituaalitutkimuksen käsitteiden ja lähestymistapojen hyödyntäminen tuo sävyjä myös antropologian puolelta. Tutkijanpositioni nousee feminististä sukupuolen- ja seksuaalisuudentutkimusta hyödyntävästä uskontososiologiasta. Lähestyn sukupuolta sosiaalisessa vuorovaikutuksessa rakentuvana, tilannesidonnaisena tekemisen ja toistamisen ilmiönä. Sukupuolta tuotetaan rituaalinomaisesti puheessa, arjen toiminnoissa ja kulttuurisissa esityksissä. Korostan rippikouluinstituution tarkastelussa sukupuolisensitiivisyyttä ja uskonnollisen yhteisön eettisen toiminnan tarpeellisuutta. Rippikoulua lähestyn kulttuurisena siirtymäriittinä. Sen sisällä sosiaaliset suhteet, inhimillinen toiminta sekä ajan ja paikan hahmotukset saavat erilaisen sävyn kuin siirtymäriitin ulkopuolella. Kyse on ritualisaatiosta, toiminnan tavasta ja prosessista. Toiseksi on kyse konkreettisista rituaaliakteista, esimerkiksi leikeistä, lauluista, rukouksista ja näytelmistä. Rituaalit voivat olla sukupuolittuneita ja sukupuolen erilaiset esitykset ritualisoituja. Siirtymäriitin kolmivaiheisessa jäsennyksessä (irtautuminen kynnys- eli liminaalivaihe takaisin liittyminen) tarkastelu keskittyy liminaalivaiheeseen eli rippikoulun leirijaksoon. Yhteisöllisyys on yhtäältä konkreettista toiminnallista vuorovaikutusta (ritualisaatio), toisaalta symbolista yhteisyyttä (rituaalit). Tutkimuksellinen lähestymistapa ja tutkimusote on etnografia. Osallistuin kahden rippikouluyhteisön elämään. Keskeisin tutkimusaineisto muodostuu rippikoululaisten, isosten ja työntekijöiden haastatteluista, tutkimuspäiväkirjoista sekä nuorten omista teksteistä. Teoreettisesti Émile Durkheimin ajatukset auttavat jäsentämään rituaalista yhteisöä, Judith Butlerin performatiivisuuden teoria avaa sukupuolen tarkastelua, Victor Turnerin tuotanto rituaalien tulkintaa ja Erving Goffmanin ajattelu leikkien ja esitysten purkamista. Käyn tutkimuksessani keskustelua, osin myös vertailua, kouluetnografioiden kanssa. Lähes kaikki rippikoulunsa aloittavat ovat peruskoulun kahdeksasluokkalaisia. Rippikoulu ja koulu ovat rinnakkaisia instituutioita. Tutkimuksessa käy ilmi, että sukupuoli ja yhteisöllisyys rakentuvat vastavuoroisesti. Sukupuoli dramatisoi yhteisöllisyyden tiivistymistä. Yhteisöllisyyden dramaturgiassa sukupuolen ja seksuaalisuuden teemat saavat erityisen paikan sekä päivittäisessä rytmityksessä (iltaohjelmat) että leirin kokonaisuudessa (leirin loppua edeltävä ilta). Nämä teemat eivät asetu muiden rippikoulun teemojen rinnalle vaan niistä erilleen. Rippikoulussa tapahtuu sekä sukupuolirajan liudentumista että sen korostumista. Epävirallisessa rippikoulussa (nuorten vapaa-aika, ystävyyssuhteet) ritualisaatio liudentaa sukupuolten välistä rajaa. Turvallisuuden, rentouden ja hauskuuden sävyttämä esteettinen yhteisöllisyys mahdollistaa karnevalistisen kokeilun ja sukupuolirajoilla leikkimisen. Leirielämässä sukupuoli on tavallisimmin läsnä korostumattomalla tavalla sukupuolten rinnakkaisuutena ja yhteistyönä. Rituaaleissa vastaavasti sukupuolten välinen raja korostuu virallisessa rippikoulussa (ohjelma, opetus, säännöt). Yksittäiset rituaalit ennen kaikkea laulut, leikit ja näytelmät sukupuolittuvat ja seksualisoituvat tavalla, jota työntekijät heikosti tunnistavat. Virallinen seksuaaliopetus nojautuu osin sukupuolittuneisiin konventioihin. Uskonnon tekstit ovat usein sukupuolittuneita. Molemmista rippikouluista jäi puuttumaan aikuisten eksplisiittinen puhe sukupuolen ja seksuaalisuuden suhteesta hengellisyyteen. Seksuaalisuuden ja seurustelun kysymyksiä käydään rippikoulussa läpi, mutta sukupuolen käsittely on vähäistä. Intersukupuolisuutta ja transsukupuolisuutta ei mainittu lainkaan. Avioliitto ja häärituaali kytkeytyivät kysymykseen samaa sukupuolta olevien avioliiton mahdollisuudesta. Rippikoulun opettajien ja isosten enemmistö suhtautui sallivasti homoseksuaalisuuteen, ja he näkivät mahdollisena häärituaalin toistamisen myös saman sukupuolen edustajien välillä.
  • Vauhkonen, Ville Aleksi (Ville Vauhkonen, 2016)
    Book history in Old Finland Ville Vauhkonen s dissertation examines the development of literacy and the literary world in the areas that Russia gained from Sweden following the peace treaties of Uusikaupunki (1721) and Turku (1743), territories now known as Old Finland (or the Viipuri Governorate), and analyzes the literary world in these areas. The 18th century expressly characterizes a major turning point in the progress of literacy and the literary world in Old Finland. The process could be termed a spreading of peasant literacy . This dissertation studies the shift by examining how literacy was taught in Old Finland, how popular education was governed and administered, how literacy skills were taught, what kind of a literary world opened to the local people who had learnt to read and where these books came from. Church registers serve as the main source of research data providing references in to literacy skills. These references, which are rather open to interpretation, are analysed by comparing them to notes in consistory inspection records and records on book possessions in estate inventory deeds. In Old Finland popular teaching was led by the diocesan chapters of Viipuri and Hamina. That is why their decision making processes are here investigated by inspecting data from consistory records. The Crown of Russia showed an increasing interest in popular education throughout the century. Familiarity with the background of the Russian Empire is necessary in order to understand the decision making processes of the diocesan chapters in Old Finland. I have also studied the history of the birth of Finnish-language literature and book trade routes in Old Finland. These, in turn, offer insight into what the literary-cultural world was like in the area, a Lutheran intersection between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Russian Empire. In the Uusikaupunki Peace Treaty Estonia and Livonia south of the Gulf of Finland were also annexed to Russia. They stand out as the most important points of comparison for the development of literacy in Old Finland. Popular education in these regions was governed by the same colleges of justice, and the developments in Estonia and Livonia reveal that the aspects that distinguish popular education in Old Finland from its Swedish counterpart are explicitly rooted in the 18th-century modernization efforts of the Russian Crown. Lutheranism in the Russian Empire had a tangible effect on the literary world of Old Finland. The centres of Russian Lutheranism were Livonia and St Petersburg. Direct sources on the history of Old Finland can also be found in Estonia, since both the town schools and book censorship in old Finland came under the governance of the University of Tartu in 1804. These sources have been carefully studied for this dissertation. Comparisons especially in terms of literacy skills are also made with Ingria, St Petersburg and the Finnish territories under Swedish rule. The study of the development of literacy clearly points out the dispersion among the territories of Old Finland. These were, after all, an area arbitrarily defined by the two peace treaties, including parts of Karelia north of Lake Ladoga, parts of southern Savonia (central/eastern Finland), traditional core areas of the Kingdom of Sweden like the Vyborg region but also the county of Käkisalmi (Kexholm) which had not become Lutheran until the 17th century. This regional diversity of Old Finland has very rarely been dealt with in academic research. Finally, the Finnish-language literature produced in Old Finland especially illustrates the large extent to which literary influences were passed on to Finland through Estonia. The issue entails broader significances, too, but in the case of Old Finland the importance is evident. In Old Finland, Estonia and Livonia the systematic efforts of to establish literacy that had begun in the late 17th century continued throughout the 18th century. The teaching was based on a church law issued in 1686 which remained in force in the mentioned regions after the peace treaties. It yielded results slowly and laboriously but surely. Pietistic Lutheranism, favoured by the Russian Empire, reformed the practisees of popular education significantly over the course of the century. Genuine literacy finally became the goal of the teaching and started to gain ground. Hence these efforts in the 18th century give root to literacy eventually led to the birth of the press in the next century, as well as national and religious revivalism and the emergence of peasant writers. All these developments presupposed a peasant audience who knew their alphabet. This makes popular education in the 18th century a topic well worth the research
  • Asikainen, Susanna (2016)
    ABSTRACT This study examines ideal masculinities in the Synoptic Gospels, focusing especially on the masculinity of Jesus. In addition, since masculinity is defined in relation to other masculinities and femininities, other male and female characters in the Synoptic Gospels are studied as well. The focus of this study is not the historical Jesus, but instead it attempts to determine how the Synoptic Gospels portray Jesus and the other characters as masculine and what kind of masculinity the Synoptic Gospels present as the ideal. As a theoretical framework for the study of masculinities, I employ a revised version of R. W. Connell s concepts of hegemonic and non-hegemonic masculinities. I suggest that the most fruitful approach is to see the masculinities of early Christianity as marginalized. Marginalized masculinities may have several strategies in relation to hegemonic masculinities, ranging from acceptance or complicity to resistance and voluntary marginality. In this study, my intention is to see whether these different strategies can be found in the Synoptic Gospels. This approach confirms that the Synoptic Gospels indeed had several potential strategies vis-à-vis hegemonic masculinities. In the ancient Greco-Roman world, there appears to have been at least two ideals of masculinity competing for the hegemonic position. One advocated self-assertive behavior, whereas the other emphasized the importance of self-control. Both of these ideals are found in a wide variety of sources, although the self-controlled ideal is more widespread in philosophical writings, especially Stoic texts. In contrast to the opponents of Jesus, who are presented as unmasculine, the Synoptic Gospels argue that Jesus and the disciples offer superior methods of fulfilling the ideals of masculinity. The ideal masculinity of the Synoptic Gospels presented in Jesus teaching is close to the self-controlled ideal of masculinity. Nevertheless, there are also occasions where Jesus teaching goes further than the self-controlled ideal of masculinity into what seems like voluntary acceptance of the marginal position of the early Christians. The disciples are instructed to adopt the social position of marginal groups, such as children, slaves, and eunuchs. This idea of voluntary marginalization is advocated especially in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, with Matthew occasionally advocating an even more voluntarily marginal ideal than Mark. Luke, on the other hand, seems to be closer to the hegemonic ideals. In this study, I show that the Gospel of Luke is closest and most complicit with the ancient Greco-Roman ideal of self-controlled masculinity. This can be seen throughout Luke s Gospel, but it is most evident in the way that Luke changes the passion narrative and Mark s depictions of Jesus emotions. The Gospel of Mark, on the other hand, portrays both Jesus and the disciples as examples of voluntarily marginalized masculinity. Matthew enhances the depiction of Jesus by moving it closer to the ancient Greco-Roman ideal of self-controlled masculinity, but at the same time he maintains that the disciples should voluntarily accept the marginalized position of the early Christians.
  • Sallila, Jussi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2016)
    This dissertation investigates the history of bankruptcy law in Sweden and Finland from the late seventeenth century to the 1860s. Because of the long time frame, the study focuses on fundamental questions of bankruptcy law. One can distinguish three such questions. First, the law must balance the possibility of giving the debtor a fresh start against the need to uphold creditor interests. Second, the legislation must determine the extent of public control of the management of insolvencies and the scope of the private autonomy of creditors. Third, when the proceeds of the insolvent estate are distributed, a balance must be struck between equal distribution and the differentiated treatment of creditors. The study focuses primarily on the treatment of the insolvent debtor, which was the most controversial question when Finland reformed its bankruptcy legislation in the 1860s. The new legislation differed from contemporary foreign models in that a composition accepted by the majority of the creditors could not limit the liability of the insolvent debtor by. Critics of the legislation argued that the possibility of a fresh start for the debtor was important for the needs of commerce and industry, and limiting such relief to cases where all creditors were unanimous conflicted with the standards of the civilized world. However, the legislation was defended with arguments underlining the sanctity of property rights and individual freedom. The drafters of the legislation also valued historical continuity, building on the tradition of Swedish law before 1809, when Finland was part of the Swedish realm. In Sweden, new bankruptcy legislation enacted in 1862 had departed from this tradition. In order to explain why Finland did not follow the example of other countries it is necessary to study the history of bankruptcy law over long haul, an analysis which reveals the ideological contrast between commercial utility and principles of justice in its social and political context. The main sources used in this study are the preparatory materials of Swedish and Finnish legislation, including proposals that did not go beyond the drafting stage. Parliamentary debates, newspaper commentary and legal literature have also been used. In a comparative perspective, one of the striking characteristics of early modern Swedish bankruptcy law was its uniformity. Attempts to establish special jurisdictions managing insolvencies did not lead to lasting results, and legislation was applied in general courts in both rural and urban areas. In most European countries, bankruptcy law had emerged as a special regime for persons engaged in commerce in a legal environment characterized by a plurality of jurisdictions and legal sources. In the nineteenth century, this commercial approach to insolvency was modernized, as commercial law and commercial jurisdiction began to regulate business transactions in a depersonalized sense. In such settings, regulating insolvency was also a matter of commercial utility. Sweden s decision to adopt the commercial model of bankruptcy law was criticised by high-ranking judges. The arguments of the Swedish reformers and critics resembled those in Finland a few years later and were indeed used as source material by the Finns. However, the relative influence of people promoting commercial utility and the standards of the civilized world was greater in Sweden than in Finland, while jurists upholding the strictly legal principles of individual rights were in a weaker position. The difference between the two countries is explained by the economic and political setting. Sweden was more closely connected to the expanding world trade, and commercial interests could shape legislation through public debate. In Finland, government policy was not similarly challenged by public opinion. Legal authorities had greater political influence, partly because of the importance of the legal tradition as a cornerstone of Finnish autonomy within the Russian Empire.
  • Paakkinen, Ilse (Omakustanne, 2016)
    In this study I analyse Christine de Pizan's (1364/1365-1430/1431) ideas on gender and the legal allegories in her defence of women, especially in the Cité des dames. The method of this study is philosophical analysis, which focuses on the analysis of basic terms, concepts and argumentation. The first chapter deals with the historical background of the conceptions of gender that influenced Christine. The most influential were the Aristotelian-Scholastic conception of gender, according to which women are defective men, and the Augustinian conception of gender, which emphasizes the equal rational capacities of the sexes, but also women s subservient role in the social hierarchy. The second chapter concerns Christine s conception of gender, including the origins of gender, the function of gender and gender change. Christine's conception is based on an ontological dualism, according to which material bodies are reflections of divine ideas. As a form, gender is a universal idea in the divine mind. As a body, gender is a particular, material reflection of the universal form of a man or a woman. Christine's conception of the function of gender is based on the complementary characteristics of women and men. She thought that the humoral complexion of material bodies is gendered, which affects their characteristics. The possibility of gender change is based on Christine's idea that gendered characteristics are also a result of habituation, where learning new practices changes the humoral complexion of the body. The third chapter concerns Christine's ideas on law and the legal allegories in her defence of women in Cité des dames. Christine's legal allegories are based on the Thomistic fourfold division of law as eternal, natural, human and revealed divine law. The first book of Cité des dames, where Christine sets the foundational stones and builds a protective wall with the help of Lady Reason, symbolizes natural law and human law. The second book, in which Christine builds houses with the help of Lady Rectitude, symbolizes divine law. Establishing the citizenship of women symbolizes drawing the constitution of the city of ladies. The third book, where Christine appoints the Virgin Mary as the Queen with the help of Lady Justice, symbolizes the Thomistic conception of a just ruler. My main argument is that, according to Christine, the understanding of the nature of women is connected to the understanding of God's law. Because law is God's plan of government, which contains the ideas of created things, including the ideas of a woman and a man, gender is a part of God's law. Therefore, in a society where the importance of women is not recognized, the interpretation of law is also faulty. This requires the simultaneous reinterpretation of both gender and law in order for society to be equitable.
  • Saukkonen, Suvi (2015)
    Disruptive behavior is one of the most common psychiatric problems in children and adolescents. Psychopathic-like features designate a group of children and adolescents manifesting a severe, aggressive, and persistent pattern of disruptive behavior. These features have many similarities with adult psychopathy. More research is needed to gain an understanding of the different developmental trajectories for psychopathic-like behavior style in children and adolescents. The current study aimed to investigate cognitive, psychosocial, and personality-related characteristics associated with disruptive behavior in children and adolescents. In addition, psychometric properties of one of the psychopathy measures, Antisocial Process Screening Device Self-Report (APSD-SR), were evaluated. In the first study, the working memory (WM) function of school-aged children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)/Conduct Disorder (CD) was compared with age- and gender-matched normative controls. The comorbid diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was controlled for in the patient group. WM function was examined using n-back tasks. The main finding of this study was that patients performed worse on WM tasks than controls, even after controlling for the diagnosis of ADHD. The results suggest that children with disruptive behavior disorders (i.e. ODD and CD) have executive function (EF) deficits, like poor WM, that are not accounted for the comorbid diagnosis of ADHD. The second study, using the data from the Finnish Self-Report Delinquency Study 2012 (FSRD-12), assessed the factor structure and internal consistencies of the APSD-SR in a community sample of 15- to 16-year-old youth (n = 4,855, 51% girls). A three-factor structure of APSD-SR was found to fit the data best, with three meaningful subscales representing narcissism, impulsivity, and callous-unemotional features. The internal consistencies for these subscales were adequate. The results suggest that the self-report version of APSD is a promising screening tool for measuring psychopathic-like features in community youth. The third study used the same FSRD-12 data and examined different types of weapon carrying among youth, and psychosocial and personality-related factors associated with carrying a weapon, especially focusing on the relationship between psychopathic-like features and weapon carrying. The results showed that adolescents carrying weapons had a large cluster of problems in their lives, which were differentiated by the type of weapon carried. In addition, psychopathic-like features were associated with an increased likelihood of carrying any type of weapon (knife, gun, other weapon such as knuckleduster, chain, or pepperspray), but the association was strongest with carrying a gun. This association was significant even after controlling for a variety of psychosocial factors. The findings suggest that psychopathic-like features are strongly related to a higher risk of weapon carrying. Furthermore, the findings underscore the need for a comprehensive evaluation of an adolescent s psychosocial situation, when weapon carrying is identified. Finally, the fourth study investigated the relationship between victimization experiences and psychopathic-like features in youth by using the same FSRD-12 data. The results revealed that victimization was related to psychopathic-like features in youth, even more strongly in girls than in boys. Interestingly, the association between victimization and psychopathic-like features was stronger for recent experiences of victimization than past experiences. The results highlight the need for evaluating victimization experiences when psychopathic-like features are present in youth. Furthermore, some of the juveniles may show psychopathic-like behavior style as a means to cope with trauma.
  • Klein, Ottilie ([according to German regulations a publication prior to the public examination is not permitted], 2015)
    The doctoral thesis investigates the cultural function of dramatic narratives of female murder. For this purpose, the study offers textual analyses of plays that feature female murder as a central event. Paying close attention to each play s plot, form, and dramaturgy, the study seeks to attach meaning to the dramatic function of women s homicidal action. The survey of women who kill in modern American drama that is at the heart of the study covers a seventy-year span (1910s - 1980s) that allows a mapping out of continuities and transitions in dramatizations of female murder. Given the politically charged nature of the figure of the female murderer, the study argues that there are two types of narratives of female murder in modern American drama (and beyond): one that uses women s homicidal action as a mechanism to create disorder at the level of plot to ultimately contain women s lethal threat by re-establishing order and thereby reinforcing dominant ideology, so-called narratives of containment; and one that exploits the ideologically disruptive potential of the female murderer to comment on social ills or to dismantle ideological contradictions, so-called lethal performances. The study concludes that the cultural function of narratives of female murder is intricately connected with the cultural and historical moment from which they emerge and the type of narrative they respond to.
  • Viholainen, Aila (Viholainen, Aila, 2015)
    My dissertation research concentrates on medieval Western Christian pictorial material presented in religious contexts. The common perspective of the different articles included in my research is make to believe/faire croire : the ways in which pictorial materials in medieval times persuaded, enticed and instructed viewers. My study is characterized by a rhetorical approach that focuses especially on the visuality of medieval images and its analysis. I participate in the study of the past. I see the past that I study as an alien entity located in its own historical context. I am looking for answers from a vantage point that feels strange from the position of the contemporary re-searcher. Questions that arise from consideration of this reveal a gap between the researcher s understanding of today and how things were under-stood in medieval times, a gap which motivates this research. In the first two articles of my work, the medieval world of imagery is perceived as a phenomenon on an abstract level. Here I study and evaluate discussions and studies that have been done in medieval times and subsequently: conceptually, theoretically and methodologically. In the latter two articles, the abstract phenomenon becomes concrete and the focus of analysis is actual pictorial material selected from the medieval world of imagery found in the Holy Cross Church of Hattula. In these articles, the mermaid motif functions as an object of analysis. Imagining is an important practice in the context of medieval art and religion, and it is presented in my work as a supporting theme. First, imagination has operated in the background of my study as a guiding frame of interpretation, as the researcher s own resource. In this case, as Markku Hyrkkänen describes it, imagination can be thought of as an imagining of possible contexts. Second, imagination has worked as a concrete conceptual tool: as Benedict Anderson's imagined communities and later as Barbara Newman's imaginative theology. Third, it is also a medieval concept (imaginatio), the primary task of which was to determine truth. Thus, imagination was a multi-leveled and many-faceted cognitive skill. I locate my research, as well as international studies that I use for dialogue, in a broader humanistic tradition and the research trends of the last decades. Used as the starting point are critical evaluations of previous studies in art history, the study of visual culture and medieval art history over the last decades. I also connect my work to the latest Finnish studies on medieval pictorial material, as well as to the latest research discussions in my own field of religious studies. These findings are definitively presented in the compilation.
  • Ylivuori, Soile (2015)
    My doctoral dissertation examines the complex relationship of gender construction and politeness in eighteenth-century England. It contributes to a vibrant field of historical research, examining politeness as an intellectual and cultural construct that was used to create individual and group identity. The study combines intellectual and cultural-historical methods with poststructuralist gender studies; through this interdisciplinary methodology, my goal is to introduce a novel approach to the historical research of politeness traditionally reluctant to utilise theoretical apparatuses as an aid of analysis and to suggest that such methods provide fruitful new readings of politeness and its intersection with gender, thus opening up new areas of research. The dissertation is divided into two parts. In the first part, I analyse politeness as a disciplinary practice that produced polite femininity defined in terms of softness, gracefulness, and modesty by regulating the movements and appearances of individuals bodies. This analysis is based on a wide selection of printed source material, such as conduct books, periodicals, sermons, and novels. My main argument is that the female body had a central role in the construction of normative polite femininity, both on a discursive and an individual level. Women of the social elite were urged to internalise a gendered polite identity by exercising and disciplining their bodies to meet the norms of polite femininity deemed natural despite the fact that within the heterogeneous politeness discourse, there was no consensus on what these natural norms exactly were. Moreover, I want to suggest that the ambiguous position of the body as both the means through which an identity is produced and worked on, as well as the allegedly truthful and unerring indicator of an individual s level of polite ideality created a fundamental conflict within the culture of politeness, forcing women into hypocritical positions in practice while simultaneously advocating honesty as the essential emblem of femininity. However, seeing politeness solely as a disciplinary regime provides a one-sided understanding of politeness, since it ignores individual subjectivity. Therefore, the second part of my dissertation examines the journals and letters of four eighteenth-century elite women Catherine Talbot, Mary Delany, Elizabeth Montagu, and Fanny Burney and looks at how these women dealt with the discursive ideals and demands imposed upon them. I argue that individuals had a complex relationship with discursive ideality, and that politeness was not solely a disciplinary regime that lorded over women s behaviour and identity. The profound heterogeneity of the culture of politeness gave, in itself, individuals some freedom of movement within it. More importantly, individuals engaged in specific strategies, or techniques of the self, in order to gain freedom from and within the restrictive norms of polite femininity. These strategies can be seen as clever utilisations of some of the central aspects of politeness with a subversive intent. They concentrate on challenging and redefining the naturalised formulations regarding authenticity, identity, femininity, and politeness, and include such practices as self-discipline, multiplicity of identity, play between exterior and interior, and hypocrisy.
  • Virtanen, Mikko J. (Tutkijaliitto, 2015)
    The aim of this dissertation is to develop a systems theoretical framework for studying contemporary societal phenomena qualitatively. The development work is based on Niklas Luhmann s systems theoretical oeuvre, especially on Luhmann s view of modern society as social systems. Social systems are self-referential systems which use communication for producing communication. For Luhmannian theory of society, along with the general view of social systems as self-referential communication chains, societal differentiation is the key principle: there is no centre, core or top in modern society but societal subsystems, such as economy, politics, law and science, all of which are autonomous to each other. Moreover, interaction, organisation and subsystems are observed as different types of systems whose logics of communication chaining differ from each other. Drawing on these general ideas as well as later theoretical discussions and developments especially in German systems theoretical sociology, a theoretical outline of the general logics of contemporary society is formed. However, and in contrast to Luhmann s late work, the study at hand focuses on systems theoretical methodology instead of presenting a strong theory of modern society as such. With this aim of developing a methodological focus, the monograph discusses these issues also with other sociological traditions, such as Durkheimian theory of society, American pragmatism, Erving Goffman s methodological views, ethnomethodology and Bruno Latour s theory of networks and collectives. The methodological development work culminates in a qualitative research framework, named as a systems theoretical research template. Hence, the monograph joins a vibrant conversation in the social sciences about the theory research link and advances systems theoretical considerations about the current methodological issues. The research template is further utilized in a case study of the work of the (Finnish) National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Health Care Ethics (ETENE) set up in 1998 under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The ethnographic data, obtained through the observation of the board meetings, is analysed through the systems theoretical template in order to develop a two-part focus: to examine the practices of the board work as such as well as the role of the board in a wider, differentiated societal context. The ethics of the board meetings does not follow the principles of academic ethics but rather provides an opportunity for an open and polyphonic pondering on complex and burdensome issues. The function of ethics in the meetings is thus par excellence performative: to level the statuses of the participants and to make it possible for them to encounter each other as authentic and respectable persons with different views and opinions. The organisational procedures frame the board work for their part to a degree but there is also space for a less structurated and more open-ended debate. Consequently, the board seems to oscillate between a bureaucratic, decision-centred organisation and an open agora discussion and this ambivalence is also a guarantee for its dynamics and independence.
  • Savtschenko, Ritva (omakustanne, 2015)
    Summary The study takes a look at the factors that influenced the operating culture of the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) during the first decade of incomes policy from the point of view of corporatism. The effects of the corporatist system are studied from the perspective of co-operation, resistance and democracy. The theoretical part looks at the relationship between the theory of corporatism and the trade union movement. The empirical part looks at the effect of the corporatist system on the collective labor agreement negotiations over the decades. From business, the study looks at the actions of Elinkeinoelämän valtuuskunta (EVA) and the Central Organization of Finnish Employers (STK), and from the political parties, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Communist Party of Finland / Finnish People s Democratic League (SKP/SKDL), whose goals were tangential to those of SAK. Factors that have been highlighted as having internally affected the unified SAK are the problems with the operating cultures of two different political groups. Conflicts were caused particularly by the countless unauthorized strikes of the early 1970 s, whose causes may be studied as consequences of structural change, heavy inflation or resistance to incomes policy. In terms of SAK s basic program of 1971, the corporatist system caused problems in the implementation of member democracy. Politically, SAK was divided in two. Trade union Social Democrats were oriented towards social policy reforms like their Nordic counterparts. The People s Democrats were effectively shut out of the negotiation system, and their operation had syndicalist characteristics. The change in the internal relations developed during the latter half of the decade through the labor parties collaboration in the national government. SAK was considered to be a strong player in society, and labor market solutions were considered to have bypassed the authority of the parliament. The recession at the end of the 1970 s revealed that SAK s solutions were dictated by government policy. The view that the operation of labor parties was directed by the trade union movement proved to be wrong.
  • Holma, Tanja (Tanja Holma, 2015)
    Outbreaks of bacteria causing hospital and community acquired infections have dramatically increased in number over the recent years. For example, travelers become colonized by resistant bacteria and may transmit the strains to other people and to medical care settings when they return home. The challenge is new and problematic for laboratories performing bacterial diagnostics. Fast and highly specific tools are needed to identify and characterize resistant bacterial strains in order to prevent outbreaks in local hospitals. This thesis studies the fast identification of virulence and resistance genes of the most important hospital acquired (HA) bacteria. In addition, the applicability of rapid outbreak analysis for HA-bacteria using molecular methods outside of the national reference laboratory was studied. The aim of the study was to establish a sensitive, reliable multiplex-PCR method suitable for daily use in a microbiological diagnostic laboratory and to speed up the reporting of bacteria causing outbreaks. Another aim was to study the usefulness and functionality of a commercial repetitive PCR (DiversiLab) and compare it with reference molecular typing methods. The thesis also gives an overall view of the occurrence of HA-bacteria witnessed in the district of Helsinki and Uusimaa over the recent years. The thesis consists of six studies on four different bacterial species/types causing outbreaks: MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase)-producing Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Clostridium difficile. Consecutive and retrospective bacterial isolates of the each bacteria were collected and examined. The methods used were conventional multiplex PCR and real-time multiplex PCR. The typing methods were repetitive PCR (DiversiLab), PFGE (pulsed field gel electrophoresis), PCR ribotyping, spa typing, and sequencing-based methods. During this thesis three usable in-house multiplex PCRs were established for the detection of MRSA, carbapenemase genes, and virulence genes in C. difficile. The repetitive PCR method, DiversiLab, was found to be a fast and proprietary typing method, very beneficial in the first-line identification of outbreaks. In addition, the Diversilab system may be used in the comparison of resistant bacterial isolates. The method produced better results with Gram-negatives (ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae and A. baumannii). However, the reference methods still serve their purpose in global isolate comparison. In the future, whole genome sequencing will, however, most likely replace contemporary typing methods.
  • Törmä, Terhi (STKS, 2015)
    One s own Body and the Arc of Narrating The process of meaning according to Maurice Merleau-Ponty s bodily and Paul Ricoeur s narrative conception of imagination. The focus of my research is on the question of imagination in Maurice Merleau-Ponty s (1908-1961) phenomenology of the body, and Paul Ricoeur s (1913-2005) hermeneutics of narrativity. I inquire into how bodily and narrative imagination affect the process through which I make sense of myself and of my being, of others, of the world and of the communication. Through this inquiry I aim to construct a conceptual framework of religious meaning, which in its nature is multidimensional. My hypothesis is that conceptions of imagination based on the phenomenology of the body and on narrativity are mutually dependent, especially in the area of religious meaning. On a more general level, both one s own bodily wisdom and the wisdom that comes from making stories are necessary to appreciate the fullness of the meaning. In my investigation of these aspects of productive imagination I examine in detail Merleau-Ponty s early phenomenological work Phénoménologie de la perception (Phenomenology of Perception, 1945) and Ricoeur s trilogy Temps et récit (Time and Narrative, 1983-1985). My method is philosophical analysis. My dissertation comprises two main parts. Chapters three and four explore Merleau-Ponty s bodily and phenomenological conception of imagination. Because he does not express a systematic view on imagination, it is necessary to construct one on the basis of his argumentation on other subjects. This is an interesting task given the important role of imagination in his phenomenology of the body. Many aspects of imagination that are usually related to his late ontological philosophy are already present in Phénoménologie de la perception. It is through an analysis of this early work in particular that one might fully appreciate the rootedness of imagination in the body an aspect that gives some originality to Merleau-Ponty s conception compared to many others. The second main part of my research brings in the hermeneutic perspective. Chapters five and six explore Ricoeur s conception of narrative imagination, as elaborated in Temps et récit. This trilogy highlights Ricoeur s thinking on semantic innovation, on the power of language to open up the possibilities of existence. In it he presents narrative imagination as a three-part process shaping the practical field of human existence. The narrative arc he constructs extends from the prefiguration of life to the configuration of narrative (made productive by the schematic capacity of imagination), the aim being to refigure practical life through the subject who appropriates the possibilities opened up in the narrative. The capacity of narrative imagination to bring disparate elements into one plot also facilitates consideration of personal identity. In telling the story of my life I bring all the heterogeneous episodes into a meaningful unity. Ricoeur helps us to see our identity as a narrative identity: even if we cannot be the authors of our life, we may be a co-author of its significance. The idea of narrative imagination, with its focus on imaginative variation and critical distanciation, could also be applied to the religious narratives through which we refigure our everyday life and our cultural identity. The connection to practical life is an essential element in Ricoeur s conception of imagination. I show in my research how narrative imagination is based on the idea of a bodily subject. It is on this bodily level that the subject can put the effects of the narrative into practice. The aim is to free one s own possibilities and capabilities. This brings Ricoeur to the theme of l homme capable, a theme that unites his latest philosophy with the philosophical anthropology with which he began his philosophical career. Both the bodily and the narrative conceptions of imagination offer fruitful insights into religious meaning such as constituted in the everyday practices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. For example, Merleau-Ponty s conception of one s own bodily wisdom includes the idea that understanding something is more about I can and not so much about I think, that In many instances of religious life, such as the Sunday service, it is on this level of bodily wisdom in particular that the meanings are appropriated. Kneeling with others, sensing their presence nearby, touching the bread and tasting the wine communicate the meaning of the communion on the very basic level of human existence, on the level of the body. This experience cannot become a reflected part of my life without my being able to narrate it, however. Hence, the linguistic and narrative aspects are essential in allowing my religious experiences somehow to refigure my everyday life.
  • Tolonen, Hannele (Suomalainen Lakimiesyhdistys, 2015)
    This dissertation, which belongs to the field of procedural law, focuses on the procedural standing of children in custody proceedings and care proceedings. In the Finnish legal system, these proceedings are allocated to separate court systems. This study investigates the effects of this dual court system in situations where child welfare measures and the determination of custody, residence or contact overlap. The dissertation has two main goals: to systemize and compare the legal framework on children s standing in these court proceedings and to evaluate the procedural rights and the right to protection in each proceeding. The research is mainly based on legislative material, case law from the European Court of Human Rights and the national courts, and legal scholarship. In order to examine the effects of overlap of the proceedings at the level of individual cases and to illuminate children s participation in detail, court documents from 34 custody proceedings and 32 care proceedings were qualitatively studied. One of the main results of the study is that the overlap in the proceedings may cause several complications at the level of individual proceedings. In the cases that were studied, many children were affected by both the child welfare system and custody proceedings. In an acute situation, where concerns are raised for the safety of the child, but where the private and public parties disagree on the course of action, the dual process system adds to the complexity. The dual role of social agencies seemed problematic in the overlapping cases, where strong claims of partiality were voiced by the parties in the custody proceedings. In the studied care proceedings, the children who were assisted by a legal counsel participated most effectively and directly. To ensure that children are able to participate effectively in legal decision making, assistance should be provided for them in care proceedings. Especially for older children and in cases where the measures are motivated by the child s conduct, a lawyer should be appointed for the child. In the studied custody proceedings, children rarely participated directly in the proceedings. To enable individual assessment of the means of participation in light of the circumstances in each case, a more flexible approach should be adopted in determining children s procedural standing in custody proceedings. The need for impartial assistance should be considered, for example, in complicated custody cases or when a child is claimed to be at risk.
  • Kuronen, Tanja (Gaudeamus, 2015)
    The unloaders of the carebom is a study about carework for the home-dwelling elderly, using a method I call institutional autoethnography. The viewpoint stems from my own experiences in voluntary-based, semi-formal care work. Such work is organized in the so-called old third sector , helping the elderly in their domestic everyday chores, wherein the elderly themselves specify the chores needed. Care-workers are mainly women, working skills based on non-professional, (assumed) everyday skills. They receive a small benefit for their work, directly from the customers. Semi-formal care-work can offer accessible, affordable and attractive domestic help. It can also offer people with caring skills a way to use them for meaningful work and receive some benefit for it. However, the work has no legitimate role in the Finnish welfare-mix, where current trends mark a diminishing public sector and the rise marketization and familialism. The old third sector can offer no status in the labour market for the caretaker, and the small benefits do not offer sufficient subsistence. The caretaker faces expectations and demands that exceed the fact that the work is voluntary-based. The work can be described as grey care and a cash-in-hand job. During the next 25 years, the number of Finnish people over age 75 will double. All care-needers do not have access to market-based or family care. Labour market, however, does not see care as work; rather, care duties prevent people from working. On the contrary, from a necessary labor point of view, care-work is biology-based work that maintains life and is therefore one of the few tasks that necessarily needs to be done: Care is work par excellence. This contradiction is seen in the concept of voluntary work, the oxymoron that offers an unsatisfactory community-based solution to care problems, leaving the care-needers depending on other peoples voluntariness, and the care-workers lacking status or subsistence. In an ageing society it is urgent that care-work for the elderly be organized in a new way. Civil society work paid with civil salary, other benefits and the right to a pension, would offer semi-formal care-work a legitimate status in the labour market. In this new work, everyday skills would be given a new value, taught and utilized to offer everyday care for the elderly and other people who need care.