The Sociology of the Professions: SAGE Publications

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SAGE, 26 .. 1995 - 240 ˹
This much-needed book provides a systematic introduction, both conceptual and applied, to the sociology of the professions.

Keith Macdonald guides the reader through the chief sociological approaches to the professions, addressing their strengths and weaknesses. The discussion is richly illustrated by examples from and comparisons between the professions in Britain, the United States and Europe, relating their development to their cultural context. The social exclusivity that professions aim for is discussed in relation to social stratification, patriarchy and knowledge, and is thoroughly illustrated by reference to examples from medicine and other established professions, such as law and architecture. The themes of the book are drawn together in a final chapter by means of a case study of accountancy.

 

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Chapter 1 Sociological Analysis of the Professions
1
Chapter 2 Professions and Social Stratification
36
Chapter 3 The Cultural Context of Professions
66
Chapter 4 Professions and the State
100
Chapter 5 Patriarchy and the Professions
124
Chapter 6 Knowledge and the Professions
157
Chapter 7 A Professional Project The Case of Accountancy
187
Bibliography
209
Author Index
218
Subject Index
221
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Keith Macdonald has published numerous papers in Sociology, The British Journal of Sociology, and has contributed to many edited editions on the Sociology of Work and the Professions.

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