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The social construction of professionalism among organizers and senior organizers in a UK trade union

Thursfield, Denise

Authors

Denise Thursfield D.Thursfield@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

This article identifies and explores the social construction of professionalism among organizers and senior organizers in the regional office of a UK trade union. The article argues that the social construction of professionalism is linked to servicing, organizing and political campaigning models of internal trade union activity. Moreover, the increasing importance of the organizing model is associated with a shift away from a traditional conceptualization of professionalism towards the managerial professional model described by Faulconbridge and Muzio in which concepts such as strategy, targets and efficiency prevail. There is, however, fragmentation between the socially constructed conceptualizations of professionalism held by organizers and senior organizers. These conflicting conceptualizations are linked to both organizers' and senior organizers' everyday practices and concerns in the context of change and uncertainty. © BSA Publications Ltd. 2012.

Citation

Thursfield, D. (2012). The social construction of professionalism among organizers and senior organizers in a UK trade union. Work, employment & society : a journal of the British Sociological Association, 26(1), (128-144). doi:10.1177/0950017011426310. ISSN 0950-0170

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 28, 2012
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2012
Publication Date Feb 1, 2012
Publicly Available Date
Journal Work, employment and society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Electronic ISSN 1469-8722
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Pages 128-144
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017011426310
Keywords Managerialism; Organizing; Professionalism; Trade union
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/423857
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0950017011426310