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The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism

Routledge, 2016.
Academic editor: M. Dent, I. Bourgeault, J. Denis ., E. Kuhlman.

The professions and professionalism are a set of institutional practices that have adapted and changed in face of societal and economic transformations. The managerialist responses to current economic and financial crises coupled with developments in science and technology have all impacted on work organizations and labour markets - regionally and globally – and challenged our understanding of the professions and professionalism. The professions continue to capture our interest, for they have adapted and extended beyond their traditional base predominantly within the welfare state to also apply to new occupations and careers, including information and communication technologies, media and culture and human services. The concept of professionalism has also been subjected to a revision with the emphasis now more on responsibility and less on the traditional assumption of autonomy. This newer approach has particular relevance to the issues of governance and regulation and for our understanding of contemporary developments in organizational leadership and management. These changes are happening globally, raising questions around global and local knowledge and power. These developments are shaping the research on the new as well as established professions and led to a rethinking of our understanding of the professions and professionalism. This Companion aims to provide a prestigious reference work that will offer students, researchers and educators alike an introduction to current scholarship on the sociology of the professions including their relations to work organization and management. The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism will provide the state-of-the-art compilation that will map out the current developments and debates globally. This will be underpinned with a comparative history of the evolution in the theory and practice of the professions and professionalism and provide the basis for conclusions as to the main elements for the future research agenda

The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism