Compositions of professionalism in counselling work: an embodied intersectionality framework

Adamson, Maria and Johansson, Marjana (2016) Compositions of professionalism in counselling work: an embodied intersectionality framework. Human Relations, 69 (12) . pp. 2201-2223. ISSN 0018-7267 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0018726716639118)

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This paper explores the embodied constitution of professionalism in the context of the counselling psychology profession in Russia. We develop an embodied intersectionality framework for theorizing embodied compositions of professionalism, which allows us to explain how multiple embodied categories of difference intersect and are relationally co-constitutive in producing credible professionals, and how these intersections are contingent on intercorporeal encounters that take place in localized professional settings. Our exploration of how professionalism and professional credibility are established in Russian counselling shows that, rather than assuming that a hegemonic ‘ideal body’ is given preference in a professional context, different embodied compositions may be deemed credible in various work settings within the same profession. An embodied intersectionality framework allows us to challenge the notion of a single professional ideal and offer a dynamic and contextually situated analysis of the lived experiences of professional privilege and disadvantage.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Professional work, embodiment, intersectionality, intercorporeality, professionalism, Russia
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 18745
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
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Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 10:58
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