Co-production in Professional Practice: A Sociomaterial Analysis

  • Tara Fenwick University of Stirling, School of Education

Abstract

Co-production, typically defined as services and products that are planned and delivered in full conjunction with clients, has become a popular policy discourse and prescription for professional practice across a wide range of public services. Literature tends to herald the democratic and even transformative potential of co-production, yet there is little empirical evidence of its processes and negotiations at the front lines of everyday practice. This article adopts a socio-material theoretical frame of professional knowing-in-practice to analyse these negotiations, drawing from a case study of community policing. The argument is situated in terms of implications of these co-production practices for professional learning.

Author Biography

Tara Fenwick, University of Stirling, School of Education
Tara Fenwick is a Professor of Professional Education at the University of Stirling, and Director of ProPEL, an international network for research in professional practice, education and learning [www.propel. stir.ac.uk]
Published
2012-12-04
How to Cite
Fenwick, T. (2012). Co-production in Professional Practice: A Sociomaterial Analysis. Professions and Professionalism, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.7577/pp.v2i1.323
Section
Articles