Recognition – What is it, concept and types of recognition

We explain what recognition is and its meaning in labor, social and legal matters. In addition, international and military recognition.

Recognition makes an achievement noticeable to other people.

What is recognition?

With the word recognition we usually refer to public, conspicuous and formal appreciation of someone’s talents, efforts, or outstanding traits, or the public and formal expression of gratitude for a favor or benefit received, or some celebrated achievement. It does not always designate a physical award (such as a diploma), but also the act of recognizing to the other what has been achieved before the community in general, or before third parties.

The word recognition is composed of two voices with a Latin root, such as the prefix re- (“Again” or “do something again”) and the verb I will know (“know”). However, its current meaning is more linked to the idea of admit, confess, or do something notorious, present the meaning of the phrase “the thief acknowledged his crime.” Thus, when we acknowledge someone, we let others know their achievements, talents or good behavior.

Generally, for this type of use it is spoken of personal recognition, since it is given to a single person. However, it is also possible to grant a recognition to an entire institution, a company or a community, and in those cases it will be an institutional, corporate or community recognition, respectively. There are also other forms of recognition that we will see below.

Labor recognition

Labor recognition is one that It is awarded for work performed, that is, within the framework of the work and the committed fulfillment of one’s obligations.

It is common, for example, for companies to grant recognition to their workers when they serve a certain time of work in the organization, as a way to motivate them and to publicly express the company’s appreciation for the work carried out in a sustained manner during 10, 20 or 30 years of professional career.

Social recognition

By social recognition we understand the individual approval or assessment we receive from a given group, after a job well done or for having contributed a lot to the group. Social recognition is often highly coveted by individuals and is very important during certain stages of life, such as adolescence. It is also what most artists aspire to.

From a slightly different point of view, There is also a social recognition that occurs between peers, no longer by distinction, but by belonging, that is, by conformity. This is what we usually refer to as acceptance: when in a group we are treated as equals to the rest, with a sense of belonging, we can justly say that we enjoy the recognition of the group, that is, that we are accepted.

Legal recognition

legal recognition
The State recognizes as valid only certain types of procedures and documents.

Legal recognition is a legal figure of acceptance, according to which a given State or jurisdiction attests to the validity, truth and worth of consideration that is a procedure, a fact or a decision administrative. Thus, by granting their recognition, the public authorities are in accordance with what is recognized.

For example, the States recognize as valid only certain types of bureaucratic procedures, or certain types of transactions that do not contradict the law, or even the professional qualification of an individual. For this reason, when emigrating, people with fourth-level studies must usually revalidate their university degree in the other country, that is, demonstrate its validity before the State to have their recognition and permission to formally exercise their profession.

Another form of legal recognition is that granted by parents to their children, when presenting them to the State. Children recognized in this way enjoy all the rights that the law establishes for the heirs, while “natural” or unrecognized children must, already as adults, prove their parentage if they wish to access those same rights, since they did not enjoy in his moment of paternal recognition.

International recognition

Similarly to the previous case, international recognition or diplomatic recognition refers to the right of States and governments to recognize (or not recognize) the actions of another, either in an express way (formal and frontal) or tacit (by omission, that is, due to lack of action).

This usually happens, for example, when one country becomes independent from another and establishes itself as an independent nation: its neighbors may recognize the new government and address it, or on the contrary ignore it and continue to treat the young nation as if it were part of it. of the other.

Another common case is that of coups d’état, which establish new illegitimate governments and may for that reason not be recognized by the international community, as a way of expressing their discontent and their disapproval of the illegitimate methods with which the de facto government acceded. to political power.

Military recognition

military recognition
Military reconnaissance is carried out by soldiers trained in critical observation.

In the military arts, it is known as reconnaissance or exploration (recon, from English) to a quick and light procedure aimed at obtaining information from the battlefield, before the arrival of the army. It is an intelligence task, carried out to know the enemy’s intentions or the state of the battlefield, and thus be able to anticipate future inconveniences or adapt the war strategy itself to the environment.

Military reconnaissance is carried out by scouts or intelligence soldiers, trained in critical observation and analysis of the environment, such as observation of relief, environmental phenomena or neighboring populations. This clandestine work is, however, very different from counterintelligence and surveillance work.