Power: Exclusions and Interventions in the Professions and Professional Labour Markets

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups (host committee)

Language: English

The professional project has often been about the marking out of certain occupations for particular groups.  On the one hand these markers, based on qualifications, training or membership of a professional body, are obvious.  But on the other hand the markers are more subtle with various social identities - race, gender, ethnicity, class, nationality, citizenship – determining who might be included and who might be excluded.   The way in which power relations structure the broader society and its labour markets (either that of the nation-state or globally) underlie these dynamics.

This session hopes to explore these intersections and examine the ways in which they operate to both include and exclude certain groups in/from professional labour markets; recognising that these are manifestations of broader power relations in the society.  It is particularly interested in papers that examine interventions, by professional associations, states, social movements or other groups (formal or informal) organised on the basis of identity, to broaden access to professional groups and/or labour markets.  This session welcomes both empirical (either in one country/profession or in comparative perspective) and theoretical papers that address any of the above themes.

Session Organizers:
Debby BONNIN, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Shaun RUGGUNAN, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Debby BONNIN, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Oral Presentations
Processes of Social Exclusion within the Professions: "You're Not Really Supposed to be Here."
Tameera MOHAMED, Dalhousie University, Canada; Brenda BEAGAN, Dalhousie University, Canada; Kim BROOKS, Dalhousie University, Canada; Brenda HATTIE, Dalhousie University, Canada; Bea WATERFIELD, Western University, Canada; Merlinda WEINBERG, Dalhousie University, Canada
The Paradoxical Repertoires of Diversity and Professionalism: Exploring Socio-Economic Diversity and Change in the Elite Professions.
Louise ASHLEY, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom; Hilary SOMMERLAD, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; Jo DUBERLEY, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom