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Doing value policy: A local value contract as resource for group norm negotiation
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7877-4669
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are many obstacles for employees to introduce discussions about ethical issues at workplaces. Some examples are the significance of maintaining smooth peer-relations and a strong group cohesion, as well as internal power relations. It is argued that in professions with strong ‘esprit de corps’ (such as rescue-services) the importance of friction free scenes supress the ability for various opinions and controversies in everyday discussions. This paper explores how local contracts about common principles on a group level can render opportunities for employees to address and negotiate existing values and norms, especially where there is a perceived suppressed communication climate on an institutional level. The paper focuses on a few cases from a field study in a police district, where some working groups highlighted the importance of continuously revising and discussing values on a group level. Departing from a theoretical perspective that focuses on the significance of social interaction, the paper analyses field observations, field notes and interviews with police employees on a subordinate level and first level managerial position. Artefacts, such as value contracts and an assessment of the contract, are also analysed. The preliminary findings shows how the use of a group contract and the assessment about the contract’s values and norms functions as a resource and creates a discursive space for group members to address and negotiate existing practices.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
Ethics, values, peer-relations, policy
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Ethics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144229OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144229DiVA, id: diva2:1173052
Conference
EthiCo: What may be learnt in ethics? Present and future conceptions of ethical competence, Gothenburg, December 11-13, 2017.
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-01-19Bibliographically approved

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