The Culture and Control of Expertise: Toward a Sociological Understanding of Librarianship (Contributions in Librarianship & Information Science No 61

The Culture and Control of Expertise: Toward a Sociological Understanding of Librarianship (Contributions in Librarianship & Information Science No 61

By: Michael F. Winter (author)Hardback

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As librarianship expands, the basic questions of librarianship as a profession benefit from more sophisticated discussions found in such works as Michael Winter's The Culture and Control of Expertise. He begins with an excellent analysis of the rise of modern professions and the extended historical debate over librarianship as a profession...Winter's intriguing, if sometimes too complex, discussion of these theories [of the sociology of professionalism] and their application to librarianship ultimately leads him to suggest a composite model that does help establish a general framework for intelligent thinking about who we are and what we do. In a thoughtful concluding chapter Winter suggests further areas of possible research into librarianship as an occupation that deserve our careful attention. Above all Winter is to be congratulated for having breathed new life into what was a tired old topic. Wilson Library Bulletin This volume is intended to change the way librarians think about their work, and indirectly, the way they work. Challenging some dominant modes of thinking, it offers an in-depth examination of the social theory of industrial society, the nature and development of librarianship, and how the sociological study of professions and occupations can be used to understand librarianship. Winter provides schematic models to help in understanding the relevance of different approaches to the professionalization process. He uses a composite model to illustrate an appropriate strategy for understanding how the professionalization process applies to librarianship.

About Author

MICHAEL F. WINTER is Behavioral Sciences Librarian at the University of California, Davis.

Contents

Preface The Rise of the Modern Professions Early Efforts: The Emergence of the Trait Theory Differentiation and Contrast: Functionalist and Occupational Control Theories of the Professions The Keepers of the Keys: Librarianship as Occupational Control The Social Context of Control: The Social Background, the Schools, and the Association The Trick Question: Thinking Through the Occupation/Profession Debate Search for a New Model: An Exploration Librarianship as an Occupation: Suggestions for Research Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780313255373
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 169
  • ID: 9780313255373
  • ISBN10: 0313255377

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