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Building a Profession: an Insight on the Professionalization of Engineers in Romania 1919-1940 (2017-2018 )

Field of study: History

In the last three decades, Romanian historiography privileged the intellectual, cultural and political reevaluations of Romanian modernity. However, there is still little interest regarding the rise and formation of liberal and/or intellectual professions in modern Romania and the role these professions played in (re) shaping the social, economic and politic visions for a modern(izing) state. The
aim of this study is to sketch the provisions for such a broader demarche, while taking engineers as a study case. From a theoretical point of view, the study relies on the “system of professions” theory of Andrew Abbott.

Keywords: professionalization, engineer, Greater Romania, Polytechnic School, technocracy

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