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Eletty elämäntilanne päihdesosiaalityössä : filosofinen analyysi Rauhalan ihmiskäsityksen situaation käsitteestä (2022)
The lived situation of life in social work with substance abuse abusers : a philosophical analysis of Rauhala’s concept of situation

Koivumäki, P. (2022). Eletty elämäntilanne päihdessosiaalityössä : filosofinen analyysi Rauhalan ihmiskäsityksen situaation käsitteestä. Janus: sosiaalipolitiikan ja sosiaalityön tutkimuksen aikakauslehti, 30(2), 124-139. https://doi.org/10.30668/janus.107625

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All authors or editorsKoivumäki, Piia

Journal or seriesJanus: sosiaalipolitiikan ja sosiaalityön tutkimuksen aikakauslehti



Publication year2022

Publication date10/06/2022


Issue number2

Pages range124-139

PublisherSosiaalipoliittinen yhdistys

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/janus/article/view/107625

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82135

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The concept of life situation is crucial in social work but there is no a sufficient definition of the concept. The strength of the concept of life situation is that it is not stigmatizing. There is also a need to clarify the concept of life situation in the context of working with substance abusers in which drug problems nowadays are understood as individual’s disease. I define the concept of life situation by investigating it in light Lauri Rauhala’s concept of situation. A research material consists of three most important Rauhala’s works. The research method is Ilkka Niiniluoto’s philosophical method that includes three phases: problematization, explication and argumentation. In holistic context the concept of life situation is defined as a many dimensional lived situation of life from a first person point of view. The orientation of life situation can expand a narrow orientation of disease and reduce stigmatization in substance abuse problem.

Keywordslife situationsocial worksocial work with substance abusersview of peopleholismphenomenologyconcept analysis

Free keywordsRauhala, Lauri

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Reporting Year2022

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