Alusta Simo Rista Helsingin kaupunginmuseo.
Tiina Heikkilä (translation by Niko Randell)

Capitalism and socialism shared the belief in the idea of progress

Capitalism and socialism had a shared premise: economic growth, modernization and industrialization driven by a desire for progress that were accelerated by an ideological competition. Just around 30 years ago, the world was divided into two competing camps: capitalist countries […]

Lauri Lahikainen (translation by Salli Hakola)

Climate change should be treated as a social structural rather than an individual problem

Thinking, researching or moral and political reasoning should not end with us merely stating that things are very complicated. The text is based on Lahikainen’s lectio praecursoria. In Finland, people still tend to believe that the effects of climate change […]

Tiina Heikkilä (translation by Salli Hakola)

On the book The Top Earners

Politically, they represent a clearly American economic thinking where everyone is a master of their own destiny in a state that is bureaucratic and passivating. If they were to decide, Finland would be made into America where both taxes and […]

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 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, […]

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 […]