Academization is a phenomenon which plays an increasing role in the training programmes for the semi-professions. In Denmark academization has been researched from a predominantly student perspective, as an analysis of how abstract forms of knowledge dominate competencies for care and nursing among female students. This article examines academization as a discursive phenomenon. It shows how academization has been produced through historical developments of the educational policies surrounding the semi-professional schools. Furthermore, the article discusses what consequences academization may have as a knowledge/power structure for the production and repression of professional identities.

Keywords: academization, semi-profession, pedagogue, governmentality, genealogy, policy analysis