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.
This timely and original analysis will be of great interest to those in sociology, political science, history, business studies and the various professions.
Part One: Professionalism: the Ideal Type.
Chapter 1: Professional Knowledge and Skill.
Chapter 2: Divisions of Labour.
Chapter 3: Labor markets and Careers.
Chapter 4: Training Programs.
Chapter 5: Ideologies.
Part Two: The Contingencies of Professionalism.
Chapter 6: States and Associations.
Chapter 7: Bodies of Knowledge.
Chapter 8: The Assault on Professionalism.
Chapter 9: The Soul of Professionalism.