This paper reports on patterns and trends of ideological advocacy in social work. Findings from a content analysis of Social Work indicate that conceptions of this service profession have changed over a recent eighteen year period. Changes in professional meanings are analyzed in terms of authors' educational status, employment setting, and the problematic topics they discussed. This analysis supports a process model of reality construction in professional arenas and provides implications for the self-conscious management of professional imagery.
Jorgensen, Danny L.
"The Social Construction of Professional Knowledge: Social Work Ideology, 1956-1973,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 6
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol6/iss4/2