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New Challenges for Nordic Welfare Services: Emerging Cultural Diversity in Finnish Youth Work

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Pirkkoliisa Ahponen,

Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, FI
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Päivi Harinen ,

Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, FI
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Veronika Honkasalo,

Finnish Youth Research Society, FI
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Antti Kivijärvi,

Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, FI
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Miikka Pyykkönen,

Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, FI
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Jussi Ronkainen,

Juvenia Centre of Youth Field Expertise, Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, FI
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Anne-Mari Souto,

Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, FI
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Leena Suurpää

Finnish Youth Research Society, FI
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Abstract

This article summarises the results of a two-phase research project, which concentrated on leisure practices of ethnic minority youth and their expectations on multicultural youth services. The question is how youth work as “cultureless” principles of Nordic welfare universalism function in contemporary social conditions. Have youth workers and administrative authorities adopted multicultural demands of increasing ethnic diversity? The case of Finland is taken as a special example. The analysis of the data is based on a survey and thematic interviews. The current culturally diverse reality is seen as leading to new youth work practices, but this happens slowly and is disturbed by resistant attitudes.
How to Cite: Ahponen, P., Harinen, P., Honkasalo, V., Kivijärvi, A., Pyykkönen, M., Ronkainen, J., Souto, A.-M. and Suurpää, L., 2014. New Challenges for Nordic Welfare Services: Emerging Cultural Diversity in Finnish Youth Work. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 4(1), pp.30–39. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2014-0005
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Published on 01 Mar 2014.
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