The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion among Professions and Professionals

Joshua B. Barbour, Shelbey L. Rolison, Jared T. Jensen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In this chapter, the authors review communication scholarship focused on professions, professionals, and professionalization. The development and protection of those barriers may not sit well with all professions, especially those focused on serving the public good or committed to egalitarianism. The principal identity work of the professional may be making it clear that they are the professionals and that others are not—who may access the powers of membership and who may not. Individuals construct professional selves that originate in the early socialization phases of professional training and are further developed as they are immersed in the rules, language, skills, and work of the profession. The management of difference at these boundaries of inclusion and exclusion has implications for the professionals themselves; their managers and leaders; professional societies and trade associations; apprentices, residents, trainees, and students joining the profession; allied occupations and voluntary groups; the organizations in which they work; and the clients who rely on professional services and expertise.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrganizing Inclusion
Subtitle of host publicationMoving Diversity from Demographics to Communication Processes
EditorsMarya L Doerfel, Jennifer L Gibbs
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780429450495
ISBN (Print)9781138325272, 9781032400082
StatePublished - Apr 23 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Communication, Organization, and Organizing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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