Professional Identity - Professions and the welfare state: Histories, functions and ethics

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This paper examines the history, function and identity of the Danish welfare professions. It will focus on the development of the professional identities of public officers working in the social, educational and health sectors of the welfare state. The establishment of this class of welfare professionals was closely connected to the building of the Danish welfare state after World War II. The identities and ethical values of the professions is associated with ideas of liberal democracy and human rights. However, since the 1980s the welfare professions have been challenged by the principles of new public management and the agenda of the so-called competitive state. Empirically, the paper focuses on Denmark, but parallels the history of most welfare states around the globe.
Periode23 apr. 2021
BegivenhedstitelEuropean Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference
PlaceringEsbjerg, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseInternational