1st Edition

Women, Vulnerabilities and Welfare Service Systems

Edited By Marjo Kuronen, Elina Virokannas, Ulla Salovaara Copyright 2021
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book studies welfare systems in Europe and beyond from the standpoint of women in vulnerable positions in society. These systems are under major transformations with new models of service delivery and management, austerity measures, requirements for cost-effectiveness, marketization, and the prioritization of services.

    Divided into three parts:

    • Welfare service systems (not) responding to vulnerable situations of women
    • Women’s encounters with the welfare service system
    • Contradictions of informal support

    this book considers the experiences and encounters with the service system of women in poverty, homeless women, women with substance use problems, women sentenced of crime, girls and young women in care, and refugees and asylum-seeking women.

    Drawing upon research and critical discussions from Finland, Canada, Israel, Slovenia, Spain and the UK, this book provides new empirical findings and critical insights, and a valuable resource for the academics and students in social work, social policy, sociology and gender studies, but also for policy makers and professionals in social and health care.

    1 Introduction: women, vulnerabilities and welfare service systems
    Marjo Kuronen and Elina Virokannas

    PART 1 Welfare service systems (not) responding to vulnerable situations of women

    2 Vulnerability as lived experience: marginalised women and girls in the UK
    Kate Brown, Katie Ellis and Kate Smith

    3 Finnish welfare service system from the standpoint of women in vulnerable life situations
    Elina Virokannas, Ulla Salovaara, Suvi Krok and Marjo Kuronen

    4 Interpreting vulnerabilities facing women in urban life: a case study in Madrid, Spain
    M. Victoria Gómez and Marjo Kuronen

    5 Risky mothers: state-family relations, risk and the gendered reproduction of vulnerability in Canadian child welfare
    Mandi Veenstra

    PART 2 Women’s encounters with the welfare service system

    6 The right to have a child: an institutional response to the motherhood of drug users in Slovenia
    Vesna Mejak and Vesna Leskošek

    7 Incarcerated women, welfare services and the process of re-entering society in Finland
    Ulla Salovaara

    8 The reform of the Finnish income benefit system from the standpoint of lone mothers
    Suvi Krok

    9 Social framework for understanding women´s substance abuse, treatment and vulnerability
    Teija Karttunen

    PART 3 Contradictions of informal support

    10 Low-income breadwinning Israeli mothers negotiating economic survival: the exchange of sex for material resources
    Einat Lavee

    11 Vulnerability and agency: women after prison in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain
    Estibaliz de Miguel-Calvo

    12 Peer support among female substance users in Finland
    Elina Virokannas

    13 Concluding remarks: a need for women-specific services
    Marjo Kuronen and Ulla Salovaara


    Marjo Kuronen is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

    Elina Virokannas is a University Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

    Ulla Salovaara is a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.