Transforming welfare service system from the standpoint of women in vulnerable life situations

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Funder's project number: 294407

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 480 000,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2016

Project end date: 31/08/2020


The research project focuses on women in vulnerable life situations in the Finnish welfare service system in an era in which the system is undergoing major transformations. The aim is to study what is common and shared between women in different vulnerable life situations, regarding substance abuse, poverty, single motherhood and being released from prison, and in their relations to the service system. By using the concept of vulnerable life situations instead of vulnerable individuals or groups, we will turn the attention towards social conditions and institutions generating vulnerability, including the welfare service system.
Our research strategy is institutional ethnography (IE) developed by the Canadian feminist sociologist Dorothy E. Smith. It means a commitment to the standpoint of women, and analysing how experiences and actualities of their everyday world are organised by social relations, structures and institutions. The project is searching for new ways to connect two rather separate fields of research concerning experiences of women/service users and structural analysis of the welfare service systems and policies.

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