How Welfare Professionalism Tackles the New Multiculturality: The Shaping of the Expertise in Migration and Migrants in a Glocalising Welfare System

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Cultural globalisation, glocalisation, constitutes a transforming context for the welfare state and one of its key features is migration. All over Europe welfare systems face a new multiculturality that challenges the nationally variable welfare professionalism that has evolved through specific time- and place-bound processes and for the management of particular social concerns. Accordingly, welfare professionalism is a double-edged sword. While it may have the potential to tackle social inequalities associated with the new multiculturality, exclusionary and elitist professional strategies threaten to result in misrecognition and misrepresentation of minority concerns.

The study examines the expert knowledge related to the new multiculturality in the context of the local welfare system in Helsinki, highlighting power relations in knowledge formation and paying attention to the privileged organisational roles that expert professionals occupy as the interpreters and articulators of the meanings of multiculturality. Furthermore, patterns of inclusion/exclusion of immigrants within professional groups and welfare service organisations are considered.

Effective start/end date01/08/201130/06/2013