The similarities in the deinstitutionalisation processes, but also the slight difference in the speed of home tum, create a good basis to analyse and compare home-based service interactions
in Finland and Sweden. We set 4 intertwined objectives for the research project: 1) to examine how constructions of place matter in home-based services targeted at people with complex needs at the margins of welfare, 2) to scrutinise how workers and clients orient to place verbally and non verbally in service interactions, 3) to analyse how tensions between public vs private, support vs surveillance and inclusion vs exclusion are present in service interactions in home-spaces, and 4) to compare similarities and differences of home-based service interactions in different service settings, and both in Finland and Sweden.
The study combines concepts from two research-approaches; ethnomethodology and human geography (especially post-asulym geographies and geographies of care in home-spaces). Connecting human geography to ethnomethodology provides tools to make the material more visible, to show how place is very much part of social relations. The data will be gathered in mental health floating support services, in supported housing services a d in home-based intoxication services. The data will contain detailed field notes based on mobile ('shadowing') ethnography and recordings on interactions between workers and clients during the course of home visits. The study produces knowledge that has a clear societal relevance: what kind of impacts the policy shift leading to physical changes of service places (from institutions and offices to homes) has on micro level service interactions and eventually on the everyday lives of service users.