Re­for­ming Child Wel­fa­re in the Post-So­viet Space: Ins­ti­tu­tio­nal Chan­ge in Rus­sia

Meri Kulmala, Maija Jäppinen, Anna Tarasenko and Anna Pivovarova (ed.) / Routledge 2021

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 14:00 in the session called Health and wellbeing

The book provides new and empirically grounded research-based knowledge and insights into the current transformation of the Russian child welfare system. It focuses on the major shift in Russia’s child welfare policy: global deinstitutionalisation policy to dismantle the system of children’s homes inherited from the Soviet era and an increase in fostering and adoption as well as development of support services for families.

Divided into four sections, the book details both the changing role and function of residential institutions within the Russian child welfare system and the rapidly developing form of alternative care in foster families, as well as work undertaken with birth families. By analysing the consequences of deinstitutionalisation reform and its effects on children and young people as well as their foster and birth parents, it provides a model for understanding this process across the whole of the post-Soviet space.


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Deco­lo­nizing Pathways towards In­te­gra­ti­ve Hea­ling in Social Work

Kris Clarke & Michael Yellow Bird / Routledge 2020

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 14:00 in the session called Health and wellbeing

Taking a new and innovative angle on social work, this book seeks to remedy the lack of holistic perspectives currently used in Western social work practice by exploring Indigenous and other culturally diverse understandings and experiences of healing.

This book examines six core areas of healing through a holistic lens that is grounded in a decolonizing perspective. Situating integrative healing within social work education and theory, the book takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from social memory and historical trauma, contemplative traditions, storytelling, healing literatures, integrative health, and the traditional environmental knowledge of Indigenous Peoples.

In exploring issues of water, creative expression, movement, contemplation, animals, and the natural world in relation to social work practice, the book will appeal to all scholars, practitioners, and community members interested in decolonization and Indigenous studies.



Research as Development: Biomedical Research, Ethics and Collaboration in Sri Lanka

Salla Sariola & Bob Simpson / Cornell University Press 2019

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 14:00 in the session called Transnational phenomena

In Research as Development, Salla Sariola and Bob Simpson show how international collaboration operates in a setting that is typically portrayed as "resource-poor" and "scientifically lagging." Based on their long-term fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Sariola and Simpson bring into clear ethnographic focus the ways international scientific collaborations feature prominently in the pursuit of global health in which research operates "as" development and not merely "for" it.

The authors follow the design, inception, and practice of two clinical trials: one a global health charity funded trial and the other a pharmaceutical industry-sponsored trial. Research as Development situates these two trials within their historical, political and cultural contexts and thus counters the idea that local actors are merely passive recipients of new technical and scientific rationalities.

While social studies of clinical trials are beginning to be an established niche in academic writing, Research as Development helps fill important gaps in the literature through its examination of clinical research situated in cultures in low-income settings. Research as Development is noteworthy for the way it highlights the critical and creative role that local researchers play in establishing international collaborations and making them work into locally viable forms. The volume shows how these clinical and research interactions bring about changes in culture, technologies and expertise in Sri Lanka, contexts that have not previously been written about in any detail.


Setting Limits. Gambling, Science and Public Policy

Pekka Sulkunen & working group / Oxford University Press 2019

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 14:00 in the session called Health and wellbeing

The gambling has grown into a global industry in the 21st century. This book covers the extent of gambling and gambling-related problems in different societies and presents a critical review of research on industry practices, policy objectives and preventive approaches, including services to people suffering from gambling and its consequences. It discusses the developments in game characteristics and gambling environments, and provides evidence on how regulation can address them. High-risk gamblers contribute an essential share of total gambling revenue. Effective measures to minimize harm exist and many are well supported by scientific evidence. They include restrictions on general availability as well as selective measures to avert gamblers from excess. The revenue generated from gambling for the industry, governments, and providers of public services funded from gambling returns, is an obstacle to policies to implement them. A public interest approach must weigh these interests against the suffering and losses of the victims.


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Disability, globalization and human rights

Hisayo Katsui & Shuaib Chalklen (ed.) / Routledge 2020

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 14:00 in the session called Health and wellbeing

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has facilitated the understanding that disability is both a human rights and development issue. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the focus on disability inclusion has become increasingly important in the discourse of international and national efforts for "leaving no one behind", the motto of the SDGs.

Evidence which has been obtained tends to show that persons with disabilities have been disproportionately left behind without proper representation, participation and inclusion. This book critically investigates the gaps at different levels for the realization of global disability rights, and theorizes the intersection of disability, globalization and human rights.

Co-edited by the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability and myself, this book will be of interest to all students, academics, policy makers and practitioners working to advance the cause of disability rights around the world.


Reciprocal relationships and well-being: Implications for social work and social policy

Maritta Törrönen, Carol Munn-Giddings and Laura Tarkiainen / Routledge 2017

A sense of participation and opportunities to share and participate in activities or groups that are important to them are crucial factors in human wellbeing.

This book provides a robust empirical and theoretical analysis of reciprocity and its implications for social work and social policy practices by discussing how ideas of reciprocity can be understood and applied to welfare policy and social care practices, as well as how the act of reciprocity supports the wellbeing of citizens.  Contributions from Finland, Germany, the UK, the USA and Canada illuminate the ways in which socio-political contexts influence the power relations between citizens, practitioners and the state, and the potential (or otherwise) for reciprocity to flourish.

It will be essential reading for social care practitioners, researchers and educationalists as well as postgraduate students in social work and related social care and community-oriented professions and social policy makers.


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Values, knowledge and morality

Klaus Helkama (ed.) / University of Helsinki (Faculty of Social Sciences) 2018

The ten chapters of the book report research that has been carried out at the Department of Social Psychology on the topics related to values, knowledge and morality. Most of the chapters use Schwartz’s value model as their starting point. They examine how values are related to conceptions of knowledge, how they are associated with moral emotions in Bulgaria, Finland and Portugal, and how they predict environmentally friendly behaviour in Estonia. A chapter focuses of the change in the meaning of privacy in Finland, another on value conflicts in elderly care. Other questions examined include: How do parental practices relate to adolescents’ empathy, guilt, and shame? Does an intervention inspired by developmental work approach lead to progress in moral reasoning? What kind of differences do we find in the real-life moral dilemmas reported by Bulgarian and Finnish students? If workplace moral decision-making is examined as a social process, what kind of roles do we find for other people?


The Hand­book of Be­ha­vior Chan­ge

Nelli Hankonen & working group (ed.) / Cambridge University press 2020

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 14:00 in the session called Health and wellbeing 

Social problems in many domains, including health, education, social relationships, and the workplace, have their origins in human behavior. The documented links between behavior and social problems have compelled governments and organizations to prioritize and mobilize efforts to develop effective, evidence-based means to promote adaptive behavior change. In recognition of this impetus, The Handbook of Behavior Change provides comprehensive coverage of contemporary theory, research, and practice on behavior change. It summarizes current evidence-based approaches to behavior change in chapters authored by leading theorists, researchers, and practitioners from multiple disciplines, including psychology, sociology, behavioral science, economics, philosophy, and implementation science. It is the go-to resource for researchers, students, practitioners, and policy makers looking for current knowledge on behavior change and guidance on how to develop effective interventions to change behavior.


Nälkämaasta hyvinvointivaltioksi: Suomi kehityksen kiinniottajana

Juhani Koponen & Sakari Saaritsa (ed.) / Gaudeamus 2019

Meet the author in Zoom on November 26 at 15:00 in the session called Suomalainen yhteiskunta (in Finnish)

See the presentation on the Finnish webpage

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