Wrapped in Plastic: Transformation and Alienation in the New Finnish Economy: Supplemental Material

This post builds on the research article “Wrapped in Plastic: Transformation and Alienation in the New Finnish Economy,” which was published in the February 2013 issue of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Cultural Anthropology.

Daena Funahashi, January 8, 2013

Editorial Footnotes

Cultural Anthropology has published a number of articles on mental and bodily disorders, their emergence, changes and attendent subjectivities. See Elizabeth Anne Davis (2010) The Antisocial Profile: Deception and Intimacy in Greek Psychiatry, Jocelyn Lim Chua (2011) Making Time for the Children: Self-Temporalization and the Cultivation of the Antisuicidal Subject in South India, and Megan Crowley-Matoka and Gala True (2012) No One Wants To Be the Candy Man: Ambivalent Medicalization and Clinician Subjectivity in Pain Management.

Cultural Anthropology has also published articles on sovereignty to varying scope and scale. See Anya Bernstein (2012) More Alive Than All the Living: Sovereign Bodies and Cosmic Politics in Buddhist Siberia, Ari Samsky (2012) Scientific Sovereignty: How International Drug Donation Programs Reshape Health, Disease, and State, and Jessica Cattelino (2012) The Double Bind of American Indian Sovereign-Based Need.

Related Resources

Finnish media representations of "burnout":

One in Four Workers Show Burnout Symptoms” (YLE, 9 May 2012)

"Työuupumus ei riitä sairausloman perusteeksi" (Kaleva, 23 September 2012)

Public health information and resources:

Tackling Occupational Burnout at the Workplace” from the European Working Conditions Observatory

"Mental Capacity and Strain" from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Questions for Classroom Discussion

1) How does Funahashi differ from other scholarship that examines transformations in economic thinking? What does social change reveal to her interlocutors?

2) What is the significance of placing under the framework of burnout the diverse manifestations of distress in "the now"?

3) How and what types of alienation come about for rehabilitees at the rehabilitation centers?

4) What is the relationship between rehabilitative professionals and rehabilitees? What is the significance of the after-hours discussions held by rehabilitees?

Related Readings

Gherovici, Patricia. 2003. Puerto Rican Syndrome. New York: Other Press.

Good, Byron, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde, and Sarah Pinto, eds. 2008. Postcolonial Disorders. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Nancy, Jean-Luc. 1993. The Birth to Presence. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Siegel, James. 2006. Naming the Witch. California: Stanford University Press.

Song, Hoon. 2006. Seeing Oneself Seeing Oneself: White Nihilism in Ethnography and Theory. Ethnos 71(4): 470–488.