Journal Article

The Present Finnish Formation of Child Welfare and History

Mirja Satka and Timo Harrikari

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 4, pages 645-661
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
The Present Finnish Formation of Child Welfare and History

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The purpose of this paper is to critically examine the nature of Finnish child welfare as a strategy of social control. It applies Michel Foucault's ‘history of the present’ approach to illuminate what is hidden or taken for granted in the present practice and discourse. The article problematizes child welfare in the present and illuminates its current formations by recourse to the past. Since Finnish child welfare has developed in connection with the Anglo-American and Central European discourses of the field, the provided insights are also transferable to international contexts in the contemporary conditions of governance.

Keywords: a history of the present; child welfare formatiion; genealogy

Journal Article.  6915 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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