Co-production in professional practice: a sociomaterial analysis


Fenwick T (2012) Co-production in professional practice: a sociomaterial analysis. Professions and Professionalism, 2 (2) p. 16.

Co-production, typically defined as services and products that are planned and delivered in full conjunction with clients, has become a popular policy discourse and prescription for professional practice across a wide range of public services. Literature tends to herald the democratic and even transformative potential of co-production, yet there is yet little empirical evidence of its processes and negotiations at the ‘chalkface’ of everyday practice. This article adopts a sociomaterial theoretical frame of professional knowing-in-practice to analyse these negotiations, drawing from a case study of community policing. The argument is situated in terms of implications of these co-production practices for professional learning.

interprofessional practice; co-production; police; sociomaterial; knowing-in-practice

Professions and Professionalism: Volume 2, Issue 2

Publication date31/12/2012
PublisherOslo and Akershus University College