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Author Freidson, Eliot, 1923-2005.

Title Professionalism : the third logic / Eliot Freidson.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  305.553 FREI    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 250 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-246) and index.
Contents Part I Professionalism: The Ideal Type -- 1 Professional Knowledge and Skill 17 -- 2 Divisions of Labor 36 -- 3 Labor Markets and Careers 61 -- 4 Training Programs 83 -- 5 Ideologies 105 -- Part II Contingencies of Professionalism -- 6 States and Associations 127 -- 7 Bodies of Knowledge 152 -- Part III Fate of Specialized Knowledge -- 8 Assault on Professionalism 179 -- 9 Soul of Professionalism 197.
Summary Eliot Freidson has written the first systematic account of professionalism as a method of organizing work. In ideal-typical professionalism, specialized workers control their own work, while in the free market consumers are in command, and in bureaucracy managers dominate. Freidson shows how each method has its own logic requiring different kinds of knowledge, organization, career, education and ideology. He also discusses how historic and national variations in state policy, professional organization, and forms of practice influence the strength of professionalism.
In appraising the embattled position of professions today, Freidson concludes that ideologically inspired attacks pose less danger to professionals' institutional privileges than to their ethical independence to resist use of their specialized knowledge to maximize profit and efficiency without also providing its benefits to all in need.
Subject Professions -- Social aspects.
Occupations -- Social aspects.
ISBN 0226262022 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226262030 (paperback: alk. paper)