The crisis in professionalism and the need for a normative approach

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This chapter analyzes the crisis in professionalism from a historical and conceptual point of view. It describes the development of professional practices as part of the process of modernization (i.e., the rationalization of working processes and the increasing division and specialization of labor). This process was successful, but has also been accompanied by tendencies to bureaucracy, alienation, meaninglessness, and dehumanization. The chapter describes a set of desiderata for a conceptual framework that successfully avoids these pitfalls and sketches how a so-called normative practice approach could provide a conceptual and normative framework that enables professionals to disentangle and remedy the tensions and ambivalences within their professional practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments
EditorsM.J. de Vries, H. Jochemsen
Place of PublicationHershey
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781522580072
ISBN (Print)9781522580065, 9781522595342
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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