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

Abbott, Andrew
ISBN:
9780226000695

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. Editorial Reviews Booknews Abbott (sociology, Rutgers) explores the role of the professions in modern life, and theorizes upon their evolution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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