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Everyone his/her own profession?
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1927-1201
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Harold Wilensky published his well-known article “The Professionalization of everyone?” in 1964. This paper develops and reformulates Wilensky´s argument in the context of the very significant expansion of student enrolment in vocational programs in today’s universities and university colleges. The empirical focus is the development in the Scandinavian countries. The key argument is that we now face a “professionalization from below”. This combines: (a) a strategy among some occupational groups striving for professional status; (b) that their vocational study programs are being developed at or being moved into a university setting; and (c) the emergence of new scientific fields (and even disciplines) that are related to the training as well as the practice of these profession-seeking occupations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. p. 8-
Keywords [en]
sociology, professions, semi-professions, academic expansion, new universities
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Sociology
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3932DiVA, id: diva2:203889
Note
Paper presenterat vid : 5th Interim Conference of the International Sociological Association. Sociology of Professional Groups Challenges to professionalism: Limits and benefits of the professional model Oslo University College, Norway, September 12 - 13, 2008Available from: 2009-01-06 Created: 2009-01-06 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved

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