Professional Practice

  • Philip Elliott
Part of the New Perspectives in Sociology book series (NEPESO)


The professions have often been criticised for being over pretentious. Cynics have suggested that no matter how lofty the ideals, given a choice between ideals and self-interest, the latter would prevail. The fact that many of the ideals of professionalism can be shown to bear little relation to the circumstances of ordinary professional practice seems to support their argument. Earlier in this century, when some were prepared to put forward professionalism as a basis for a more just and rational society,1 others countered that professionals were no better than other men and professional association little different from other forms of occupational organisation.2


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© Philip Elliott 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Elliott
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Mass Communication ResearchUniversity of LeicesterUK

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