Between academization and good craftmanship : The physiotherapists' ambition to professionalize in the light of the conductive education challenge

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Between academization and good craftmanship : The physiotherapists' ambition to professionalize in the light of the conductive education challenge
Author(s) Mallander, Ove ; Söder, Mårten
Date 2011
English abstract
During the 1990s a debate took place in Sweden concerning Conductive Education. Proponents of this method focused their critique on the role and methods of physiotherapists but this profession was not active in the debate. Instead in the medical profession came out as defenders of habilitations services and methods. Departing from sociology of the professions our objective in this article is to analyse the physiotherapists´ silence in relation to the profession’s position and its relation to the medical profession. The analysis is based on data from interviews with members of habilitation teams, key persons and documents. The relative silence of physiotherapists is found to be related to both interprofessional factors (the subordination under the medical profession paired with a symbiotic relation based on common interests) and intraprofessional ones (the heterogeneity of the physiotherapist profession, their role in teamwork and a change from a specialist to a generalist orientation).
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15017419.2010.540841 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research;3
Volume 13
ISSN 1501-7419
Pages 225-238
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Sociology of professions
physiotherapists
conductive education
youth habilitation
paradigmatic subordination
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13062 (link to this page)

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