System of Professions An Essay on the Division of Expert Labor

ISBN-10: 0226000699

ISBN-13: 9780226000695

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Authors: Andrew Abbott
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Description: In The System of Professions Andrew Abbott explores central questions about the role of professions in modern life: Why should there be occupational groups controlling expert knowledge? Where and why did groups such as law and medicine achieve their power? Will professionalism spread throughout the occupational world? While most inquiries in this field study one profession at a time, Abbott here considers the system of professions as a whole. Through comparative and historical study of the professions in nineteenth- and twentieth-century England, France, and America, Abbott builds a general theory of how and why professionals evolve.

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 452
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Andrew Abbott is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He edits the American Journal of Sociology.

Preface
Introduction
The Professions
Literature
The Concept of Professionalization
Cases of Professional Development
Work, Jurisdiction, and Competition
Professional Work
Objective and Subjective
Diagnosis Treatment
Inference
Academic Knowledge
The Claim of Jurisdiction
Audiences Settlements
Internal Structure
The System of Professions
The Implications of Exclusion: A System of Professions
Sources of Systems
Disturbances
The Mechanisms of Jurisdiction Shift: Abstractions
Conclusion
The System's Environment
Internal Differentiation and the Problem of Power
Internal Stratification
Client Differentiation
Workplace, Workplace Structure, and Internal Divisions of Labor
Career Patterns
Power
The Social Environment of Professional Development
Forces Opening and Closing Jurisdictions
The Internal Organization of Professional Work
Changing Audiences for Jurisdictional Claims
Co-optable Powers, Oligarchy, and the New Class
The Cultural Environment of Professional Development
Changes in the Organization of Knowledge
New Forms of Legitimacy
The Rise of Universities
Three Case Studies
The Information Professions
The Qualitative Task Area
The Quantitative Task Area
The Combined Jurisdiction
Lawyers and Their Competitors
Potential Jurisdictional Conflicts of the Legal Profession
Complaints about Unqualified Practice and Other Invasions
Conclusions
The Construction of the Personal Problems Jurisdiction
The Status of Personal Problems, 1850-75
The First Response to "American Nervousness"
The Psychiatric Revolution
The Rise of Psychotherapy
Conclusion: The Clergy Surrender
Conclusion
The System of Professions History
Theory and the Professions
Notes
References
Index
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