Professions and Power: Challenge and Change

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups (host committee)

Language: English

This session invites proposals in line with the main conference theme which consider the relationship between professions and power in an ever challenging and changing socio-political landscape. There are two key aspects to this session. The first is examining how far professions have retained power in face of such trends as growing corporatisation, the rise of the new public management, growing consumer lobbies and the state. The second aspect of the session is assessing to what extent this power has been and continues to be used in a just and responsible manner supportive of clients and the wider public, rather than simply in terms of professional self-interests. Such facets of the operation of professions in an increasingly global and fast changing world affect all professional groups - from accountancy and law through to health and social care - and have significant implications for public policy. In addressing these important issues some papers will be largely empirical in nature, while others will consider more fully the related question of how the interface between professions and power is conceptualised theoretically and methodologically. Abstracts should cover one or more individual professions in either single societies or comparative international context in analysing the themes concerned and/or in illustrating the arguments put forward.
Session Organizer:
Michael SAKS, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom
Michael SAKS, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Changes in Professional Power: The Experiences of Canadian Engineers
Tracey ADAMS, Sociology - University of Western Ontario, Canada
Power Relations in the Welfare State: Mechanisms of Power in Caseworker-Client Interactions
Monika SENGHAAS, Institute for Employment Research, Germany; Peter KUPKA, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany; Carolin FREIER, Institute for Employment Research, Germany
Management between Semi-Profession and Superprofession
Alexandra MOSKOVSKAYA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
What Is New in Professions Theory? Contributions from Actor Perspective(s)
Helena SERRA, New University of Lisbon, FCSH, Portugal
Challenging Medical Power? Citizen and User Involvement within the English NHS
Mike DENT, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom; Pam CARTER, University of Leicester, United Kingdom; Graham MARTIN, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers
Between Redefinition of Professional Identity and Resistance: The Case of Family Physicians in the Political Context of Reforms and Public Administrationadministration
Nancy CÔTÉ, Université Laval, Canada; Daniel MERCURE, Université Laval, Canada; Charles FLEURY, Université Laval, Canada
Shared Jurisdiction, Different Reflection?
Wenche KJÆMPENES, UiT The Artic University of Norway, Norway