Coping with Crises: A Neo-Classical View on Professions


  • Peter Münte University of Bielefeld
  • Claudia Scheid PH Bern – University of Teacher Education



The classical view in the sociology of professions is rooted in Parsons’ work. By using the term “profession,” this view tries to distinguish a class of occupations that serves a specific function in society. As is well known, such a functional view in the sociology of professions came under attack in the 1970s, when professionalization processes were increasingly analyzed in terms of interests and power. In this article, we have pointed out the theoretical and empirical relevance of a line of thought that emerged in the 1980s in the German-speaking academic world. It has revitalized a functional approach based on research into the interaction between professionals and their clients. The general idea that has emerged is that research into the microstructures of professional action could reveal a societal function that would explain the particular institutional features ascribed to professions.


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Münte, P., & Scheid, C. (2017). Coping with Crises: A Neo-Classical View on Professions. Professions and Professionalism, 7(1), e1618.

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