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Professionalism: The Third Logic

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    Eliot Freidson(Author)
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.


This timely and original analysis will be of great interest to those in sociology, political science, history, business studies and the various professions.

"This work is the capstone of Eliot Freidson′s extraordinarily distinguished career as a medical sociologist and student of the professions. The book summarizes a wide range of literature within Freidson′s innovative and profound theory of professionalism as a "logic" of institutions different from (and in conflict with) the logics of the market and of bureaucracy. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with the vital issue of the importance of – and contemporary threats to – the social values intrinsic to professionalism." Robert Alford, City University of New York

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  • PDF | 260 pages
  • Eliot Freidson(Author)
  • Polity (5 May 2001)
  • English
  • 2
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By JLeigh on 29 September 2013

    I was expecting this edition to have moved on a bit and recognised that blame has affected the professions rather dramatically in more recent years. They no longer function the way they did in 1970 or 1986 due to societies contemporary misinterpretation of what 'accountability' now means. A more refreshing perspective would have been relevant not just a rewrite of previous works.

  • By Miles MAc on 1 September 2014

    Delivery was as expected and the book arrived in good order.This is not a new title but is one of the classics on the subject. While not for everyone, it is beautifully written and still highly relevant. I bought this as a companion to Abbott's classic on division of expert labour and they make interesting contratsts.Storngly recommended.

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