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Theorising Professions

A Sociological Introduction

Authors: Burns, Edgar A

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  • Argues that the discursive bundling of professions’ public good and expertise inadequately explain how professions arrived at their present privileged position
    Suggests that historical development is more adequately accounted for through a social constructionist idea of professions’ modern invention and continual modification
    Offers insights into the ways in which professions should re-think their position to meet the demands of governments, organisations and consumers transnationally

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This book synthesises several decades of research to extend beyond the limitations of a traditional functionalist model, offering a twenty-first century theory of professions and professionalism for a new generation engaging in theorising and research.

 

It asserts nine innovative arguments, drawing on major theorists such as Johnson, Freidson, Larson, Weber, Foucault and Bourdieu to achieve a global framing of professions. Concepts of bundling and unbundling are used to explain changes happening to professions as they cease to be exclusive containers that fully control particular forms of knowledge. Examining how professions are changing today reveals the ways in which expectations around expertise and goodness have altered for all stakeholders: consumers, regulators, corporations and professions themselves. Unbundled professions morph into new forms of professional work, under new conditions, technologies and social arrangements

 

Professionals and policy-makers interested in shaping the future of professions must recognise the potential impacts from an increasingly globalised, digitalised and managerialised world, and this book will be a key addition for scholars and practitioners alike.


About the authors

Edgar A Burns until recently lectured in sociology at La Trobe University Australia.

He is now Associate Professor, Chair of Integrated Catchment Management at the

University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27934-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theorising Professions
Book Subtitle
A Sociological Introduction
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27935-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27935-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27934-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 396
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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