“Putting Family First”: a Sociological Analysis of Doherty’s Citizen Professionalism and Participatory Approaches

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Abstract

This article proposes a critical analysis of W.J. Doherty's lecture on Citizen Professionalism, also published in this review. Citizen Professionalism is described as a participative or community approach, whose specific features include the strategic role assigned to families in the solution of social problems. In this sense, Citizen Professionalism has an educational task crucial to today's need to learn how to be citizens with a cooperative attitude. In fact, whilst market competition has boosted individualism, an excess of State welfare has fostered a tendency to delegate. The purpose of the article is to show how the reasons for the effectiveness of community approaches, and Doherty's in particular, can be demonstrated through sociological theory: rather than being evidence-based only, this it is founded on the centrality of human and corporate agency to the process of social change and to building personal and social well-being. This argument is supported by M. Archer and P. Donati's sociological theories.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)127-146
Numero di pagine20
RivistaItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume5
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013

Keywords

  • Citizen Professionalism
  • Community-based approaches
  • Morphogenetic Theory
  • Participatory Approches
  • relational sociology

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