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SOCY 303 Midterm: Lecture 7 (Week 4)

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Queen's University
SOCY 303
W.Andrew Silver

Jan. 31, 2017 SOCY 303 – Lecture # 7 (Week 4) • Last Time: o Case studies on knowledge claims: Harrits and Larsen (2016) o A professional continuum and professionalization o When does a profession become a profession? ▪ What are holistic nutritional professionals? ▪ Professionalizing complementary and alternative practitioners (CAMs) ▪ Emergency ambulance work o Professionalizing body art • Today: o When does a profession become a profession?  Emergency ambulance work o Monopolization of knowledge and inter-professional conflict  Dentistry and dental hygiene o “Performing” professional work  Process-based understanding • Professionalizing CAMs (Welsh et al., 2004) o How has the occupation of ambulance driver changed over time?  1920s – ambulance drivers were independent contracts so hospitals were competing for patients and would pay ambulance drivers to bring the patients to their hospital o What do you consider the main job responsibilities of paramedics and ambulance drivers?  The more specialized knowledge, training, & experience they have the better they will do to keep the patient alive  Balance between using expertise and transporting patient to the hospital  Quality of care  Basic assessments  Knowledge Jan. 31, 2017  Stabilize patient until getting to the hospital  Balance of speed and safety  Recommended 23 professions be granted self-regulating status o Context  “Contested” professionalization project ➢ Disconnect between senior and street level  Changing status of UK ambulance work  before – minimal credentials, uneducated, manual job – over 40 years – job has changed drastically not only about transporting needs education and expertise  Stratification of occupations within emergency medicine  Rise of “allied health professionals” ➢ “Professionalization from above” o Contradictions for paramedics and EMTs  Seemingly “professional” ➢ College of paramedics ➢ Senior level institutional entrepreneurship ➢ Legally protected ➢ Higher education (over certification and training) o “Emergency ambulance work has now broadly taken on the trapping of professionalism that are emphasized in the traditional sociology of professions literature” (p. 756) o BUT, only 14% of registered paramedics joined College of paramedics. Why?  Still “blue collar” ➢ Work highly controlled ➢ Limited discretion/decision-making ability ➢ Little autonomy ➢ Emphasis on target times o “As an example they recently gave us some maps. They showed that these are the correct routes for certain jobs. Let’s say you know the route and you say this takes 12 minutes, they’ve turned around and said, ‘no the computer says this can be done in 8 minutes’. It’s the attitude they’ve got. ‘Why did you take 12 minutes - it can be done in 8!’ You don’t feel valued”. (p.762) Jan. 31, 2017 • Contested professionalization project: o Managers vs. workers o Formal vs. informal  Formal  senior levels - manag
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