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date: 16 January 2021

Transitions, Justice, and Equity in Education in Finlandlocked

  • Kristiina Brunila, Kristiina BrunilaHelsingin Yliopisto
  • Elina Ikävalko, Elina IkävalkoHelsingin Yliopisto
  • Tuuli Kurki, Tuuli KurkiHelsingin Yliopisto
  • Ameera Masoud, Ameera MasoudHelsingin Yliopisto
  • Katariina Mertanen, Katariina MertanenHelsingin Yliopisto
  • Anna MikkolaAnna MikkolaHelsingin Yliopisto
  •  and Kalle MäkeläKalle MäkeläHelsingin Yliopisto

Summary

The ethos of vulnerability plays a central role in shaping cross-sectoral youth transition policies and their implementations. Despite good intentions, the ethos of vulnerability emphasizes personal accountability and stigmatization. This is the situation in Finland, where young people tend to be recognized through the prism of inherent vulnerability, with a parallel notion of the self that is damaged and fragile. This “turn inward” to the self does not necessarily help to see problems as societal but as individual, which may perpetuate systematic inequalities.

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