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Profesjonalizacja nieprofesjonalnych pracowników wiedzy na przykładzie polskojęzycznej Wikipedii
Professionalization of unprofessional knowledge workers — the case of Polish Wikipedia

Author(s): Sebastian Skolik
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: knowledge workers; professionalization; institutionalization
Summary/Abstract: The problem of professionalization in the voluntary services environment creatingPolish Wikipedia is presented in the article. The definition focusing on the sociallylegitimized authority over the working process, not on the profession was accepted inthis respect. Due to the fact that the knowledge workers are described in the literatureas the experts at work in which the knowledge is the key element, the author presentedthe way in which the individuals obtain the expert status in the subject of regulation ofthe activity in a research project.Based on the several years of participatory observation the author describes theprocesses leading to the acceptance of particular rules of activity, as well as indicatesthe conditioning and the expressions of professionalization at Wikipedia. With referenceto the active users of Wikipedia the author highlights the way in which the careerpathways of the users are created and how they contribute to the obtainment of theexpert status.