Workers’ values and commitments

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo and Miller Chris

in The dilemmas of development work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303732 | DOI:
Workers’ values and commitments

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This chapter explores the types of values that development workers have and where these values come from. It argues that unlike some other public sector professions, so many development workers are motivated by more than an ethic of care. It examines the very strong sense of social justice that drives many of them and the mixture of compassion and anger underlying this. It explains that development workers' preoccupation with power, inequalities of power and the need for oppressed people to ‘take the power’ means a commitment to a solidaristic rather than altruistic ethic. It examines the implications of this for liberal notions of the public service.

Keywords: development workers; values; public sector professions; ethic of care; social justice; solidaristic ethic; altruistic ethic; liberal notions

Chapter.  7589 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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