Professions in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups (host committee)

Language: English

Professions are interested to a double dynamics: on the one hand, they experience the impact of the international division of labour and social changes; on the other hand, they are affected by the regulation made at national level. In both cases, professions are facing with new questions dealing with new work organisation patterns and the reproduction of their social function in time of crisis and social changes.
The economic crisis ongoing from 2008 onwards has produced new vulnerabilities amongst professionals whose impact is still unknown. At the same, the impact of technology on professions is leading to changes that will redefine not only the professional practice but also the professional labour market. The regulation of the professional services made by the States, the competition between professionals and the absence of controls on professional activity associated with the effects of the economic crisis are likely to produce the deprofessionalisation associated to the economic and social polarisation amongst professionals. The capitalistic acceleration and the progressive reduction in the role of intermediary bodies put in question the factual conditions of the professional independence. In addition, the hegemony of the logic of the market is redefining professional identities and traditional logics of ethics and public service.
We are particularly interested in contributions addressing the following questions:
1) Gender gap in professions
2) ICT impact on the professional practice
3) New work organization patterns and management styles
4) Intergenerational gap in professions
5) Income polarisation amongst professionals
Session Organizers:
Tania TOFFANIN, University of Padova, Italy and Christian AZAIS, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), France
Tania TOFFANIN, University of Padova, Italy and Christian AZAIS, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), France
Oral Presentations
Doctors in the Crisis and the Crisis of Doctors: The Case of the Italian NHS
Maria Giovanna VICARELLI, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy; Stefano NERI, University of Milan, Italy; Emmanuele PAVOLINI, Macerata University, Italy
High Skilled Self-Employed Professionals in Italy: Working Conditions, Expectations, Networks.
Daniele DI NUNZIO, Fondazione Di Vittorio, Italy; Emanuele TOSCANO, University Guglielmo Marconi, Italy
What Drives Breast Cancer Clinical Research and Practice in Spain? Barriers and Facilitators for Achieving Best Professionalism in a Time of Crisis
Giovanna GABRIELE, Health Inequalities Research Group (GREDS-Emconet), JHU-UPF Public Policy Center, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona; FocusHealth Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain, Spain