TITLE

PROFESSIONAL CALLINGS AND CALLED PROFESSIONS: IDEOLOGY, RHETORIC, AND LEGITIMATION

AUTHOR(S)
Huer, Jon
PUB. DATE
December 1980
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Dec80, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p297
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Today the profession uses the means of "called" rhetoric to enhance its economic and social reward, while the calling uses the ideology of professionalism to enhance its sphere of legitimacy. As the profession attempts to minimize its business image while maximizing the altruistic ideal, the calling attempts to minimize its altruistic image while maximizing the appearance of detached competence and neutrality. Once a means to the end of economic reward, the emphasis on social service has considerably obscured the now enlarged remuneration of the profession; once a means to a calling's end, on the other hand, concern for professional status and recognition has all but replaced the end itself. As ideology and rhetoric of legitimation, these developments in the profession and calling have profound ramifications upon the public perception of what is essentially a process of occupational self-aggrandizement. Individual Freedom in modern society has been made perilous by the twin developments of bureaucratic and corporate control, Added to the existing mechanisms for social control is the rising dominance of the profession in private lives of its clients, This phenomenon is not publicly recognized primarily because of the image-building campaign by the professional community, and because of the tacit surrender of individual decision-making powers by the individual himself.
ACCESSION #
11738996

 

Related Articles

  • MATH Spotlight on... RAY J.  // Scholastic Math;9/5/2005, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p3 

    Presents a mathematical problem about the amount of fee paid by singer Ray J to his producer.

  • THE EFFECTS OF BUSINESS ETHICS EDUCATION ON MORAL EFFICACY, MORAL MEANINGFULNESS, AND MORAL COURAGE: A QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL STUDY. MAY, DOUGLAS R.; LUTH, MATT; SCHWOERER, CATHERINE E. // Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings;2009, Vol. 2009 Issue 1, p1 

    The research question explored in this study is whether a course on ethical decision-making in business could positively influence students' confidence in their abilities to handle ethical problems at work (i.e., moral efficacy), boost the relative importance of ethics in their work lives (i.e.,...

  • Attitude is everything. Koury, Fred // Smart Business Akron/Canton;Oct2010, Vol. 20 Issue 5, p8 

    The article discusses the role of chief executive officers (CEOs) in setting the positive attitude at work. According to the author, CEOs need to influence employees to become positive and refrain from focusing on the negative things. The author pointed out the need for CEOs to remind themselves...

  • When talking makes things worse. Stiebel, David // Secretary;Aug/Sep97, Vol. 57 Issue 7, p12 

    Discusses the way of resolving problem or disagreement among office professionals through strategic communication. Four steps of the strategic communication; Application of the strategy. INSETS: Make them believe it's their idea.;What really motivates people?..

  • Top skills needed by executive assistants. WESTGATE, AUBREY // Managed Healthcare Executive;Sep2015, Vol. 25 Issue 9, p20 

    No abstract available.

  • Ideology and interest groups. Borck, Rainald // Public Choice;Jul96, Vol. 88 Issue 1/2, p147 

    Analyzes the interaction between ideology and interest groups. Significance of the allocation of benefits across interest; Utility functions of politicians; Effects of campaign contributions on legislative voting.

  • The Connection between Ethics and Ideology. Lodge, George Cabot // Journal of Business Ethics;May82, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p85 

    Prof. Lodge explores the use of ideology as a concept to understand ethical issues. He observes an ideological transition occurring in the United States, one that has been under way for some 80 years from what he refers to as Individualism to Communitarianism. Many ethical questions depend for...

  • An Empirical Investigation of the Relationships among a Consumer’s Personal Values, Ethical Ideology and Ethical Beliefs. Steenhaut, Sarah; Kenhove, Patrick // Journal of Business Ethics;Mar2006, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p137 

    This study provides an additional partial test of the Hunt–Vitell theory [1986, Journal of Macromarketing, 8, 5–16; 1993, ‘The General Theory of Marketing Ethics: A Retrospective and Revision’, in N. C. Smith and J. A. Quelch (eds.), Ethics in Marketing (Irwin Inc.,...

  • Educação do campo no campo da educação popular: caminhos para efetivação de uma educação emancipadora. Batista dos Santos, Jailson; Mesquita Araujo, Edineide Jezini // Em Extensao;set-dez2019, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p56 

    This paper emerges from theoretical discussions about the relationship between Brazilian rural education and popular education. The objective is to present some historical, conceptual and methodological aspects, as well as the political-pedagogical principles of these two educational projects,...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics