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

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 7, 2014 - Social Science - 452 pages
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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Contents

1 Introduction
1
I Work Jurisdiction and Competition
33
II The Systems Environment
115
III Three Case Studies
213
Notes
327
References
389
Index
423
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About the author (2014)

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

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