Peer-reviewed publications 

Rajala, Anna Ilona. ”What Can Critical Theory Do for the Moral Practice of Physiotherapy?” In Manipulating Practices: A Critical Physiotherapy Reader, edited by Barbara E. GibsonDavid A. NichollsJenny Setchell, and Karen Synne Groven. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk, 2018. DOI:

Rajala, Anna Ilona. “Pitkäaikaishoivan ruumiillisuuden arvosta [On the value of embodied long-term care].” In Ruumiillisuus ja työelämä: työruumis jälkiteollisessa taloudessa [Embodiment and the working life: Working body in the post-industrial economy], edited by Jaana Parviainen, Taina Kinnunen and Ilmari Kortelainen, 132-145. Tampere: Vastapaino, 2016. ISBN: 9789517685696

Publications for professional audience 

Non peer-reviewed articles:

Rajala, Anna & Jenni Aittokallio. ”Dikotomiat ajattelun kahleina. Mitä teorian ja käytännön erottelu merkitsee fysioterapeutin työssä? [Dichotomies shackle thought. What does the division between theory and practice signify in physiotherapy practice?]” Fysioterapia 61, no. 5 (2014): 27–31.

  • See my blog post for an English translation.


Rajala, Anna. “Pahvilaatikoissa nukkuvat lapset.” Fysioterapia 66, no. 2 (2019): 67.

Rajala, Anna. “Fysioterapiaan tarvitaan aina kaksi.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 7 (2018): 65.

Rajala, Anna. “Keho ei unohda.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 5 (2018): 73.

Rajala, Anna. “Lääkkeenmääräysoikeus ei korvaa fysioterapiaa.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 3. (2018): 67.

Rajala, Anna. “Life Long Learning.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 1 (2018): 65.

Rajala, Anna. “Kun peli on puhallettava poikki.” Fysioterapia 64, no. 6 (2017): 65.

Rajala, Anna. “Brexit, Brexit, Brexit.” Fysioterapia 64, no. 4 (2017): 65.

Rajala, Anna. “Oppisopimuksella fysioterapeutiksi?” Fysioterapia 64, no. 2 (2017): 67.

Rajala, Anna. “Murhanhimoista etiikkaa.” Fysioterapia 63, no. 7 (2016): 39.

Rajala, Anna. “Onko teillä kotona kylmä?” Fysioterapia 63, no. 5 (2016): 41.

Rajala, Anna. “Ahteri ylös rahakirstulta ja katse kohti fysioterapiaa.” Fysioterapia 63, no. 3 (2016): 43.

Rajala, Anna. “Tasapainoilua ei-kenenkään-maalla.” Fysioterapia 63, no. 1 (2016): 38.

Expert interviewee:

Fysioterapialle vahva tuki Britannian parlamentissa. Fysioterapia 63, no. 4 (2016): 56.

Why critical? Why now? Fysioterapia 66, no. 3 (2019): 15

Book reviews:

Rajala, Anna. “Tietoa ja taitoa psykofyysisestä kosketuksesta.” Fysioterapia 66, no. 2 (2019).

Rajala, Anna. “Uusi etiikan oppikirja fysioterapeuteille.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 4 (2018): 67.

Rajala, Anna. “Psykofyysistä fysioterapiaa yksissä kansissa.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 2 (2018): 65.

Rajala, Anna. “Vanhustyön vallankumous.” Fysioterapia 64, no. 7 (2017): 57.

Rajala, Anna. “Fysioterapian loppu” Fysioterapia 64, no. 6 (2017): 59.

Rajala, Anna. “Kriittinen tutkimus haastaa käsityksiä.” Fysioterapia 64, no. 5 (2017): 61.

News reports:

“Kaksoistutkinnolla fysioterapeutiksi Britanniassa.” Fysioterapia 65, no. 2 (2018).


Rajala, Anna Ilona. “What can critical theory do for physiotherapy?” PhD diss., University of Brighton, 2020. (upcoming)

Rajala, Anna Ilona. “Ethics of Dementia: Hegelian Dialectics and the Problem of Selfhood.” MA diss., University College London, 2013.

Unpublished conference papers

“Discourse on disability and sovereignty – Finding the ‘body’ of Richard III from Shakespeare to Leicester.” 2019

“’Foul is fair’: chiasmus, ethics and the dialectics of body work in physiotherapy.” CPN Colloquium: Physiotherapy – bodies, professional practices & identities, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, UK, July 5 2017.

“Philosophy as resistance?” 2nd Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health International Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, October 31 – November 2 2016.

“Theoretical bioethics as moral activism.” Postgraduate Bioethics Conference, University of Bristol, UK, August 31 – September 1 2016.

“Is Theoretical Ethics Already a Practice?” The 1st International ICE Observatory Future of Ethics in Care / 16th Nursing Ethics Conference, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, 17–18th July 2015.

“Health Technologies—for Better or for Worse?” 18th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference University of Nottingham, UK, 8–10th September 2014.

  • I thank A/Prof Adrian Juarez (University at Buffalo) for his kind words in his conference report titled “Brave new world” which is available at DOI: 10.1111/nup.12115

“Adorno’s Negative Dialectics and Understanding the Patient–Carer Relationship in Dementia.” Adorno: Impact and Influences, International Conference Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 13th November 2013.

My publications are also on ResearchGate.


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