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The professional field of higher education: A longue durée view of institution and corps in the Swedish university system
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Forum för professionsforskning (FPF))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0404-8987
2012 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The modern field of higher education, and within it the corps of university teachers, takes on a dual significance in the context of the broader professional landscape. On the one hand it constitutes a professional field in its own right. On the other hand, the university is the institution through which the other professions are reproduced. It is with this latter aspect in mind that Harold Perkin characterised the university teacher as a key profession (Perkin, 1969).

This paper sets out to map the relation between social function, institution, corps, and cognitive base in the Swedish system of higher education, from the beginnings in 1477 until the present day. We assume (a) that these aspects evolve in different tempi, and (b) that they coalesce into particular configurations. We argue that this framework allows us to address central issues regarding the historical trajectory of higher education inSweden. Through which mechanisms did a medieval institution, catering primarily to ecclesiastical needs, acquire a capacity to accommodate and become the custodian of scientific knowledge? How has the increasing differentiation of the cognitive base affected the composition of the corps? How have shifts in the composition of the corps affected the internal workings of the university? And what role does this play in the formation of university teaching as a key profession?

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2012.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19768OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19768DiVA: diva2:532644
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Framing Expertise: Scientific Knowledge and Systems of Professions, Inter University Centre Dubrovnik, May 7–11 2012
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Kunskapssamhällets bärare
Available from: 2012-06-12 Created: 2012-06-12 Last updated: 2015-05-24Bibliographically approved

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