Professionalism Reborn Theory, Prophecy, and Policy

ISBN-10: 0226262219
ISBN-13: 9780226262215
Edition: N/A
Authors: Eliot Freidson
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Description: In industrialized societies, professionals have long been valued and set apart from other workers because of their specialized knowledge and skill. But has their role in these societies declined? Of what significance are they today? In this concise  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In industrialized societies, professionals have long been valued and set apart from other workers because of their specialized knowledge and skill. But has their role in these societies declined? Of what significance are they today? In this concise synthesis of the major debates about the professions since World War II, Eliot Freidson explores several broad questions about professionalism today--what it is, what its future is likely to be, and its value to public policy. Freidson argues that because professionalism is based on specialized knowledge, it is distinct from either bureaucratic or market-based forms of work. He predicts a rebirth of the professions during which practitioners lose some of their independence and become more accountable to standards of a professional elite. And, defending professionalism as a desirable method of providing complex, discretionary services to the public, Freidson argues that market-based or bureaucratic methods would impoverish the quality of service to consumers, and suggests ways the virtues of professionalism can be reinforced. The most accessible survey available of almost fifty years of theory and research by the scholar whose own work helped define the field, this book will appeal to the growing international body of scholars concerned with studying and theorizing about the professions.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Clarifying the Issues
The Theory of Professions: State of the Art
How Dominant are the Professions?
Elements of a Theory of Professionalism
The Division of Labor as Social Interaction
Professions and the Occupational Principle
Occupational Autonomy and Labor Market Shelters
Prophesying the Future of the Professions
Professionalization and the Organization of Middle-Class Labor in Post-Industrial Society
The Futures of Professionalism
The Changing Nature of Professional Control
Choosing Professionalism as Social Policy
Are Professions Necessary?
Professionalism as Model and Ideology
The Centrality of Professionalism to Health Care
Nourishing Professionalism
References
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