Contingencies of Professional Differentiation

  title={Contingencies of Professional Differentiation},
  author={Harvey L. Smith},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={410 - 414}
  • Harvey L. Smith
  • Published 1 January 1958
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
Social differentiation within modern professions creates differential sensitivity to developments within a profession and outside it. The various areas of professional activity and levels of professional organization respond to different contingencies or respond differently to the "same" contingencies. This process is highlighted during professional change. The Professional association represents selected interests within a profession; the resistances of environing professions permit only… 

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