Archive for the ‘professions’ Category

Professions and Technology: History and Transformation

Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 08:30

I gave a presentation at a roundtable organised by the Royal Society on professions and machine learning recently. This is the text: Professions and Technology: History and Transformation One way of characterising professions is as vehicles that convey expertise to consumers who are unable to generate that expertise themselves. To this basic formulation we add […]






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The Sociology of the Professions: Lawyers, Doctors and Others…redux

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 15:11

(thanks to┬ákardsunlimited) Years ago, as a naive graduate student at Warwick, I was invited to a conference on lawyers, doctors and others at Oxford. Philip Lewis organised it. What I loved about the conference was that all my heroes in the sociology of the professions and lawyers were there–Eliot Freidson, Terry Johnson, Marc Galanter,┬áDietrich Rueschemeyer, […]






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Exactly Who Should Be Able to Claim Privilege?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 08:00

  When the Australian Minister for Financial Services refers to accountants and tax professionals as “the consiglieri of suburban prosperity”, you know a good argument is brewing. The argument is over who should be able to claim privilege over communications with clients and third parties. At the moment we recognize legal professional privilege. But for […]






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The End of the Tournament? The Re-Organization and Re-Professionalization of Large Law Firms in the 21st Century

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 14:56

(Skyscraper farms–the new law firm?) I am writing an article for a sociology journal (hence the phraseology below) on large law firms in the 21st century. Here’s the abstract and any comments will be most welcome. Law has traditionally seen itself as unique among the professions in that it has been able to invoke notions […]






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Happy 4th Birthday, Blog!

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 at 18:27

Four years ago I thought I’d start a blog. Why? Hadn’t a clue, just seemed a nice thing to do. It would be a bit like an online diary. My patience often flags and I was convinced this would die its own little death and end up like one of those abandoned satellites that whiz […]






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