Eroding respectability: Deprofessionalization through organizational spaces

Sabina Siebert (Lead / Corresponding author), Stacey Bushfield, Graeme Martin, William Howieson

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)330-347
    Number of pages18
    JournalWork, Employment and Society
    Issue number2
    Early online date10 Oct 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


    • deprofessionalization
    • doctors
    • healthcare management
    • organizational spaces
    • professions

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Accounting
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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