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Eroding ‘Respectability’: Deprofessionalization through organizational spaces

Siebert, Sabina; Bushfield, Stacey; Martin, Graeme; Howieson, Brian


Sabina Siebert

Graeme Martin


This article addresses the question – can a deterioration in organizational spaces erode a profession’s status? It draws on the 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 offers interesting new insights into the sociology of professions.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 10, 2017
Publication Date Apr 1, 2018
Deposit Date May 31, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 26, 2019
Journal Work, Employment and Society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Electronic ISSN 1469-8722
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Pages 330-347
Keywords Deprofessionalization, doctors, healthcare management, organizational spaces, professions,
Public URL
Contract Date Jul 26, 2019


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