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By Penelope J Corfield, Penelope J. Corfield

The trendy professions have a protracted heritage that predates the improvement of formal associations and examinations within the 19th century. lengthy ahead of the Victorian period the emergent professions wielded strength via their expert wisdom and arrange casual mechanisms of keep an eye on and self-regulation. Penelope Corfield devotes a bankruptcy every one to legal professionals, clerics and medical professionals and makes connection with many different pros - academics, apothecaries, governesses, military officials and others. She indicates how because the professions received in strength and impression, in order that they have been challenged more and more through satire and mock. Corfield's research of the increase of the professions in this interval centres on a dialogue of the philosophical questions coming up from the advanced dating among strength and data.

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After that, the skilled service sector expanded slightly more rapidly than the general population. 6 per cent in 1851 clearly was not runaway growth. The early size of the professions was thus as significant as their continuing strength. These figures stand comparison with anything before very modern times. 58 In other words, the eighteenth-century professions were proportionately as significant in the workforce as were their Victorian successors. 59 Throughout all this, women played a conspicuously low-ranking role.

This author’s account of the qualities required in a lawyer was copied without acknowledgement in M. Postlethwayt, The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce: translated from the French of the celebrated M. Savary . . with large sadditions and improvements (2 vols, London, 1751– 5; reissued 1774), vol. 1, pp. 152–3. Data from G. King’s MS ‘Natural and politicall observations . . upon the state and condition of England’ (1696), publ. in G. Chalmers, An Estimate of the Comparative Strength of Great-Britain (London, 1802), p.

Pp. 3–42. J. J. Perkin, The Rise of Professional Society: England since 1880 (Routledge, London, 1989), passim and esp. pp. 5–9, 116–23 on the impact of the professional ideal. J. Addison, writing as ‘Clio’, The Spectator, no. 21, 24 March 1710/11. This approach was exemplified in E. Greenwood, ‘Attributes of a profession’, Social Work, 2 (1957), pp. A. Roth, ‘Professionalism: the sociologist’s decoy’, Sociology of Work and Occupations, 1 (1974), pp. 6–23. J. Johnson, Professions and Power (Macmillan, London, 1972), pp.

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