Weide Marjukka, Tohtorikoulutettava | Doctoral Student

Weide Marjukka, Tohtorikoulutettava | Doctoral Student
Valtio-oppi/Political science

My doctoral dissertation project focuses on political citizenship in the context of Finnish and Danish immigrant incorporation policies. I analyze various administrative, political and legal texts that define which knowledge, skills, values and deeds are expected of the migrants who are to be incorporated. I am particularly interested in examining what kind of expectations the texts discursively construct with regard to ‘good citizenship’ and participation in political life. I find these constructions intriguing, as they disclose what is regarded as essential to know and do in these societies, and what kind of qualities newcomers are assumed to lack. I assess the representations with the help of theories of democracy, citizenship and governance. Case studies on central policy documents within incorporation policy and documents related to language and civics courses in two countries contribute to critical policy analysis, both in the area of immigrant incorporation and political participation.

Since receiving my M.Soc.Sc. degree in 2008, I have had the opportunity to gain experience of various different tasks at the Swedish School of Social Science, which is part of the University of Helsinki. My most recent temporary positions were Planning Officer for International Study Affairs and University Instructor in Political Science. I have also worked as a PhD candidate, and have been involved in the Finnish Political Science Association as a secretary and a member of the board. During 2011 and 2012, I had the opportunity to visit the University of Southern Denmark for eight months, supported by the NCoE NordWel’s mobility grant.

I am currently working in the project "Superdemocracy". A Critical Assessment of the Participative Turn.


Areas of Interest

  • Political citizenship & participation of immigrants
  • Ethnic and national diversity
  • Ethnicity, gender, & politics


The Relevance and Benefits of Research

The societal relevance of my work springs from the fact that categorizations of people are powerful in sustaining and questioning hierarchies in society. My results can be helpful for a variety of actors who wish to gain a deeper understanding of immigrant incorporation policies and the ways in which they promote and restrict the realization of political rights.

Recent Publications

Wass, H. & Weide, M. (2015) Äänestäminen osana poliittista kansalaisuutta. Maahanmuuttotaustaisten äänioikeutettujen osallistuminen vuoden 2012 kunnallisvaaleissa (Voting as a part of political citizenship. Participation of voters with migration background in the 2012 municipal elections). Helsinki: Oikeusministeriö.

Wass, H.; Blais, A.; Morin-Chassé, A. & Weide, M. (2015) Engaging immigrants? Examining the correlates of electoral participation among voters with migration background. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (e-pub ahead of print).

Weide, M. (2014) Citizen-making at the Language-Centres. Civic Education for Immigrants through the Official Danish Language Instruction. Van Aerschot, P. & Daenzer, P. (Eds.) Integration and the Protection of Immigrants from a Nordic Perspective. Socio-Legal Views of Canadian and Scandinavian Arrangements. Farnham: Ashgate.

Weide, M. & Saukkonen, P. (2013) Maahanmuuttajien poliittinen integraatio. (Political Integration of Immigrants.) Martikainen, T., Saukkonen, P. & Säävälä, M. (Eds.) Muuttajat. Kansainvälinen muuttoliike ja suomalainen yhteiskunta. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.

Onasch, E. & Weide, M. (2013). Teaching Integration in France and Finland: A Comparison of National Discourses within Civic Integration Programmes. Onasch E., Pellander, S., Jønsson, H. V. & Wickström, M. (Eds.) Migration, Institutions and Welfare States. Negotiating Practices of Inclusion and Exclusion. NordWel Studies in Historical Welfare State Research 3. Helsinki: NordWel.

Weide, M. (2012) Maahanmuuttaneet vaaleissa. Politiikka 53(1), 55–62.

Ahokas, L.; Wilhelmsson, N. & Weide, M. (2011) Maahanmuuttajien yhteiskunnallis-poliittisen osallistumisen tukeminen alue- ja paikallishallinnossa sekä poliittisissa puolueissa. (Supporting societal and political participation of immigrants in regional and local government and political parties. A report for the project YES 3 - Equality is Priority.) Selvityksiä ja ohjeita 9/2011. Helsinki: Oikeusministeriö.



VALS410 Demokratia ja hallinta | Democracy and governance (2015–2016)

Osallistumispolitiikka-aiheinen kurssi kevätlukukaudella 2016 | A course on participation policy in the 2016 spring term (in Finnish)