The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labor

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1988 - Business & Economics - 435 pages
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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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I confess this was a bit of slog for me to get through; as someone who saw me with the book remarked, "that's awfully long for an 'essay.'" In retrospect, once you have a grasp of his thesis from the early chapters, it may not be necessary to work through all the subsequent explanations. Read full review

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I love this book. I don't fall asleep when I read it, I take lots of notes from all the ideas that I get. It is brilliant and easy to read.

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Andrew Abbott is the Ralph Lewis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

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