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The Nature of a Profession


by Howard S. Becker 1962

The question, "What is a profession?" is an old one. Many definitions have been proposed by students of the professions. Still other definitions are implicit in everyday speech. Members of the accepted professions, interested laymen, and social scientists each use the word in their own way. Those interested in the question tend to disagree over fine points, and no agreement has been reached as to what the term specifies.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 61, No. 2


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 10, 1962, p. 27-46
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19811, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:29:20 AM

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