Book Launch

Family Life in Transition: Borders, Transnational Mobility and Welfare Society in Nordic Countries. Please see the short chapter presentations from our authors on the presentations page.

Book Description

This volume examines the ways in which bordering practices influence the everyday lives of racialized parents in the changing welfare states of Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Focusing on the need to negotiate, adjust, and reconcile family life, parenthood and parenting practices in the face of national, material, ideological, cultural, religious, and moral borders, it considers the manner in which these processes are complicated by recent changes in the legitimation of Nordic welfare states. The case studies centre on migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker parents, as well as parents of the indigenous Sámi communities. The book considers the ways in which the welfare state and its services construct borders of respectable parenthood, and examines the efforts on the part of racialized parents to negotiate such borders and organize their transnational everyday lives. Uncovering possibilities and obstacles that exist for families seeking to enact citizenship in the Nordic welfare states, Family Life in Transition will appeal to social scientists with interests in the sociology of the family, children, parenting, and the welfare state.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Changing Welfare State

Kati Turtiainen, Johanna Hiitola, Sabine Gruber, and Marja Tiilikainen

2. Decoupling Spheres of Belonging in the Nordic Welfare States

Valtteri Vähä-Savo

Part 1: Welfare State and Services

3. Guiding Migrant Parents in Nordic Welfare States – Cases from Norway and Sweden

Beret Bråten, Kristina Gustafsson, and Silje Sønsterudbråten

4. Urban Sámi Families in Finland – Crossing Borders with Languages

Tuuli Miettunen

5. Migrant Families, Integration, and Borders in the Swedish Foster Care Service

Sabine Gruber

6. Lithuanian Families in Norway and their Fear of the Child Protection Agency

Marit Aure and Darius Daukšas

7. Representations of Mothering of Migrant Finns

Minna Zechner and Tiina Tiilikka

Part 2: Transnational Families

8. Transnational Commuting of Estonian Men in Two Generations

Keiu Telve

9. The Role of Trust and Reciprocity in Transnational Care Towards Children

Charlotte Melander, Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, and Ingrid Höjer

10. Everyday Transnational Russian–Finnish Family Relations in a Finnish Rural Border Area

Olga Davydova-Minguet and Pirjo Pöllänen

11. Temporality and Everyday (In)Security in the Lives of Separated Refugee Families

Johanna Leinonen and Saara Pellander

Part 3: Enacting Citizenship and Respectable Parenthood

12. Finnish Somali Fathers, Respectability, and Transnational Family Life

Marja Tiilikainen

13. Migrant Parents Enacting Citizenship in School–Home Collaboration

Marta Padovan-Özdemir and Barbara Noel Day

14. Khanevadehye Mohtaram: Iranian Migrant Parents Struggling for Respectability

Zeinab Karimi

15. Newcomer Mothering, Techniques of Citizenship, and Ambiguous Incorporation Regimes

Camilla Nordberg

16. Small Agency and Precarious Residency in Afghan Refugee Families

Johanna Hiitola, Kati Turtiainen, and Jaana Vuori


We thank our funders:

National Association of Social Work (CSA) in Sweden

Academy of Finland (project Family Separation, Migration Status and Everyday Security: Experiences and Strategies of Vulnerable Migrants)

Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Finland

Migration Institute of Finland

Social Empowerment in Rural Areas (Interreg Baltic Sea Region, 2016–2019)

The authors also have several funders who have made their research possible. Please see author presentations on the authors page.