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.

chapter 1|9 pages


The changing welfare state
ByKati Turtiainen, Johanna Hiitola, Sabine Gruber, Marja Tiilikainen

chapter 2|11 pages

Decoupling spheres of belonging in the Nordic welfare states

ByValtteri Vähä-Savo

part I|60 pages

Welfare state and services

chapter 3|13 pages

Guiding migrant parents in Nordic welfare states – cases from Norway and Sweden

ByBeret Bråten, Kristina Gustafsson, Silje Sønsterudbråten

chapter 4|11 pages

Urban Sámi families in Finland – crossing borders with languages

ByTuuli Miettunen

chapter 6|11 pages

Lithuanian families in Norway and their fear of the Child Protection Agency

ByMarit Aure, Darius Daukšas

chapter 7|12 pages

Representations of mothering of migrant Finns

ByMinna Zechner, Tiina Tiilikka

part II|48 pages

Transnational families

chapter 8|12 pages

Transnational commuting of Estonian men in two generations

ByKeiu Telve

chapter 9|12 pages

The role of trust and reciprocity in transnational care towards children

ByCharlotte Melander, Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Ingrid Höjer

chapter 10|11 pages

Everyday transnational Russian–Finnish family relations in a Finnish rural border area

ByOlga Davydova-Minguet, Pirjo Pöllänen

chapter 11|11 pages

Temporality and everyday (in)security in the lives of separated refugee families

ByJohanna Leinonen, Saara Pellander

part III|64 pages

Enacting citizenship and respectable parenthood

chapter 12|11 pages

Finnish Somali fathers, respectability, and transnational family life

ByMarja Tiilikainen

chapter 13|12 pages

Migrant parents enacting citizenship in school–home collaboration

ByMarta Padovan-Özdemir, Barbara Noel Day

chapter 14|11 pages

Khanevadehye mohtaram

Iranian migrant parents struggling for respectability
ByZeinab Karimi

chapter 16|12 pages

Small agency and precarious residency in Afghan refugee families

ByJohanna Hiitola, Kati Turtiainen, Jaana Vuori

chapter 17|4 pages


ByJohanna Hiitola