Challenging notions of ethical responsibility

Johanna Fawkes

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    Professional codes of ethics set out the behaviours required of individual members of that profession, placing responsibility on the individual to uphold what are considered to be '€˜professional standards'. Sociologists Abbott (1983) and Bauman (2008) question this assumption, suggesting it amounts to a failure of collective responsibility for professional ethics. This paper explores these notions in the field of ethics generally and professional ethics in particular, before applying them to the field of public relations. It challenges assumptions about the role of professional bodies and their capacity for representing the 'ethical voice'€™ of a profession, given the conflicting roles as both champion of member interests and guarantor of societal value of that profession.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (was Eurospeech) - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Jun 201321 Jun 2013


    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (was Eurospeech)
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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