The Sociology of Work in Finland

Markku Matias Sippola, Tuomo Alasoini

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The development of the sociology of work in Finland occurred in two phases: (1) the development of the welfare state (1945–1980s) marked by the consolidation of the sub-discipline, and (2) the rise of the competition state (late 1980s–present) when the scope of the sub-discipline was widened. Although the Finnish sociology of work has been equally influenced by positivist, reformist and critical approaches, it has maintained its fundamentally consensual nature. Critical paradigms have never assumed a central role. There is a considerable ‘reformist’ tendency in the SoW producing solutions to societal problems, and in many cases in the form of action-oriented research and developmental projects. This reflects the overall pragmatic nature of Finnish policy-making and close social distance between the government, labour market organizations and academia.
Translated title of the contributionTyön sosiologia Suomessa
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of the Sociology of Work in Europe
EditorsPaul Stewart, Jean-Pierre Durand, Maria-Magdalena Richea
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-93205-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-93206-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameThe Palgrave Handbook of the Sociology of Work in Europe

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 5142 Social policy
  • 512 Business and Management
  • 517 Political science

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