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Durkheim & professions

Posted on November 8, 2009. Filed under: professions, Uncategorized | Tags: |

More or less finished drafting chapters on professions and professional ethics. Interested to discover how much material can be found to support the idea of a psychological approach to professions – and ethics – alongside the sociological studies which have tended to divide into those who find professions to be part of the ballast supporting social structures (like Dukheim) and those who accuse them of self aggrandisement to secure their own power (eg weber, Larson, Friedson).

While my sympathies are mainly with  the latter,  I found Durkheim rather surprising – usually characterised as a functionalist, conservative – don’t disagree but was interested by his concern for psychology and spirit – he shares many concerns with Jung – the withdrawal of the sacred from  everyday life; the loss of meaning and the importance of looking inward for value. Talks about collective consciousness (not unconscious) too. He, Jung and Weber were born within a few years of each other. Sense of connections between European thinkers. And how wide their thoughts were, ranging across disciplines in an inspiring manner that highlights the conservative silo-based structure of contemporary academic discourse.

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