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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare StatesPolicies, Services and Professional Practices$
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Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001

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The formation of a profession: the case of physiotherapy in Norway

The formation of a profession: the case of physiotherapy in Norway

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(p.131) Nine The formation of a profession: the case of physiotherapy in Norway
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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States
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Eline Thornquist

Hildur Kalman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.003.0009

The chapter claims that a profession progresses through interaction and conflict with adjacent professions. Using the professional development of physiotherapy in Norway as an example, the chapter illustrates how inter-professional disputes are central to the ways division of labour and responsibility are shaped. The chapter shows how the physiotherapists’ struggle to gain public authorisation, and to become a part of the national health services, were entwined with the medical professions aspirations to control and subordinate other professions working within the field of health and medicine. The chapter shows how physiotherapists battled the medical profession by seeking active support from the state.

Keywords:   professional development, physiotherapy, medical profession, national health services, division of labour

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