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Rapidly Growing Professions and Social Closure: Conditions, Consequences and Counter-Movements
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (Forum för professionsforskning (FPF))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0404-8987
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Students of the history of professions are likely to observe in their profession(s) of choice one or more major quantitative leaps when the number of practitioners set off in an exponential pattern. The growth of the welfare state after WWII, for instance, gave rise to such patterns both in the established professions and in the then burgeoning semi-professions. Growth rates with similar time-shapes occur in other historical contexts, driven by state commitment, market expansion, or other forces.

 

In this paper we explore the relation between professional expansion and social closure. We focus on those mechanisms which are concomitant with expansion and arise as a reaction within the jurisdictional fields of rapidly expanding professions. But expansion does not only strengthen the position of such professions – it also lead to changes in task structures, in aspirations for more highly valued tasks, and encourages new divisions of labour among occupational categories in the fields, including the new “kids on the block” .

 

We will analyse the effects of professional “take-offs” after WW2 as a key example, although the main focus of the paper is theoretical.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
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Sociology
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Sociology Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-28891DiVA: diva2:648578
Conference
11th European Sociological Association Conference, 28th-31st August 2013, Turin, Italy
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1457
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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