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The Engineering Profession after Neoliberalism: Still a failed profession?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The engineering profession have been called “a failed profession” owing to its lack of social closure. Other reasons for being a failed profession, such as a weak correspondence between engineering education and the unclear definitions of task assignments and to the unsuccessful monopolization of the task assignments, has been furthered by the breakthrough of neoliberal measurements from the mid 1980s and onwards. In this paper it is argued that the engineering professions and their professionalization processes has been affected negatively by the circumscription, that has followed by neoliberalism – although perhaps less than other professions. The argument is partly based on a study (Brante, Johnsson, Olofsson & Svensson 2014) reporting a survey of the governance and control of professions, inquiring engineers attitudes towards the changed work content and specific engineering skills necessary for the labour market requirements and (high performance) task assignments at work. The preliminary results suggest that engineers’ perception of the task assignments have become more governed and circumscribed (in both economic, political and bureaucratic aspects) through time and that it has been of detriment to the work. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Professions, Technology, Engineering
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48433OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48433DiVA: diva2:883469
Conference
European Sociological Association, Research Network 19. Conference in Prague.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2010–1457
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-02-18Bibliographically approved

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