Eroding respectability

Deprofessionalization through organizational spaces

Sabina Siebert, Stacey Bushfield, Graeme Martin, William Howieson

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    Abstract

    This article addresses the question – can a deterioration in organizational spaces erode a profession’s status? It draws on organizational spaces literature to analyse the relationship between design of the physical work setting and senior doctors’ experiences of deprofessionalization. Analysis of qualitative data from a study of senior hospital doctors identifies two main themes that link the experience of spaces with perceptions of the erosion of professional status and reduced knowledge sharing. These two themes are: emplacement, which is the application of coercive power both in and through spatial arrangements, and isolation, which refers to physical alienation in the workplace leading to disconnection and a perceived loss of power. Observing the changes in the physical environment over time and mapping them against these processes of deprofessionalization may offer interesting new insights into the sociology of professions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)330-347
    Number of pages18
    JournalWork, Employment and Society
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    Early online date10 Oct 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Keywords

    • deprofessionalization
    • doctors
    • healthcare management
    • organizational spaces
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    Siebert, Sabina ; Bushfield, Stacey ; Martin, Graeme ; Howieson, William. / Eroding respectability : Deprofessionalization through organizational spaces. In: Work, Employment and Society. 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 330-347.
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