Professions and the social order: some lessons from Burkina Faso?

Sawadogo, N. and Dingwall, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-1588-3796, 2018. Professions and the social order: some lessons from Burkina Faso? Canadian Review of Sociology, 55 (3), pp. 385-403. ISSN 1755-6171

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The study of professions has been dominated by Anglo-American models, with their focus on a small group of legally-licensed occupations. The field has recently shifted, mainly through studies of European experience, to a wider examination of the social management of expert workers. Very little has been written about developments in Africa and their implications for the way in which we might think about professions. This paper presents a case study of the role and practices of the medical profession in Burkina Faso, which has a relatively open market for the supply of healing services and limited regulation of the suppliers, whether physicians or traditional practitioners. The study returns to classic questions about the extent to which practice is shaped by the nature of occupational niches within the division of labour or to the development of a distinctive moral character among the workers within that niche?

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Canadian Review of Sociology
Creators: Sawadogo, N. and Dingwall, R.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of Canadian Sociological Association
Date: 2018
Volume: 55
Number: 3
ISSN: 1755-6171
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 May 2018 10:52
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:18

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