Indetermination: professional knowledge, organization and control

Boreham P. (1983) Indetermination: professional knowledge, organization and control. The Sociological Review, 31 4: 693-718. doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.1983.tb00727.x


Author Boreham P.
Title Indetermination: professional knowledge, organization and control
Journal name The Sociological Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-954X
Publication date 1983-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-954X.1983.tb00727.x
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 693
End page 718
Total pages 26
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This paper is a critique of the tradition of sociological writing which has emphasized the ability of occupations organized on the professional principle to gain for their members an occupational monopoly and a position in the division of labour which provides them with autonomy to determine occupational tasks and functions. It is argued that theories which seek to account for the conditions which provide the framework for successful resistance to rationalization and codification in professional work have not adequately articulated the concept of power. The theoretical discourse on professional and managerial power has therefore tended, with few exceptions, to locate the determination and exercise of power as though it were a zero sum commodity deriving from social relations of organizations. Theories predicting the emergence of professional rather than mangerial forms of control therefore have little explanatory ability other than for a particular mode of rationality within a limiting theoretical framework. This analysis represents an attempt to propose a mediation between structuralist theories of power and organization and those theoretical reflections on the professions which locate the determination of occupational authority in a broader matrix of social processes. Copyright
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