Welfare, Inequality and Life Course
Welfare, inequality and life course cover a broad field of interest and is well represented in the curriculum at the Department of Sociology. These fields have been a main focus for research at the department throughout its history.
Research is closely linked to the group's broad sociological interest in social inequality in relation to gender, class, ethnicity, and more specifically the welfare changes in social, economic and political institutions in society. Basic premises for much of the research have been that welfare and inequality must be studied and understood in relation to developments in the labor market, family and civil society, and that individuals' lives and welfare must be understood within the framework of historical period and social context.
Research on welfare includes family relations and practices, health, care for the elderly, disability, Nordic welfare policy, citizenship and user participation. Inequality includes marginalization, migration, unemployment, gender, class and exclusionary mechanisms. Life course research involves young people's life development and the relationship between generations.