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Bites of organization

Let us begin as we mean to go on – perversely – and start with the words on the back cover of this edited book. It proclaims that organization studies is made up of diverse methods and theories which ‘collide and compete, gathered together only in the broken net of a name. This book assembles some of the bits that break off in the process of this collision’. The authors are a group of ‘the most exciting, innovative and original thinkers and writers working in the field of organization studies today.

Producing professionals: Exploring gendered and embodied responses to practicing on the margins*

Introduction

This article explores how massage therapists discursively and materially navigate a professional identity as part of their quest ‘away from the margins’. Scholars critical of professional closure note that professions appear to be crafted around objective criteria such as education, training, certifications, and skills. Yet a closer examination reveals that one’s professional identity can be considered suspect for many reasons.

Professions at the margins

Introduction

The professions have become well-established at the centre of public life over the last one hundred and fifty years, both as a mode of organization and as a discursive episteme (Perkin, 1989; Adams, this issue). However, due to social, political, cultural, economic, geographical and epistemological influences, the professions also bear an intrinsic relation to the margins. These margins are contested: they mark the points at which jurisdictions of professional practice are fought over, lost and won.

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