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ERIC Number: EJ981919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 105
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
The Value of Ellul's Analysis in Understanding Propaganda in the Helping Professions
Gambrill, Eileen
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v32 n3 p187-202 Jun 2012
This article draws on Ellul's analysis of propaganda in understanding propaganda in the helping professions. Key in such an analysis is the interweaving of the psychological and sociological. Contrary to the discourse in mission statements of professional organizations and their codes of ethics calling for informed consent, competence of professionals and taking advantage of research findings, in everyday practice we find a variety of avoidable lapses, including decontextualized problem framing, bogus claims concerning risks, accuracy of assessment measures, and effectiveness of interventions. Perhaps most troubling is obscuring the causes of human problems, for example, framing problems-in-living such as anxiety, alienation, and loneliness that result from living in a technological society as brain disorders, so mystifying the causes of distress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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