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Additional Constitutive Qualities: Profession Governance, Behavior, Shared Cognition

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Every successful or ongoing professionalism project unfolds in a structured situation, whether in civil society or in the state. Always and everywhere professions exercise positional power over dependents consistently with an independent socio-cultural authority. For this reason, always and everywhere profession leaders and members are held structurally or positionally to two sets of fiducial responsibilities, immediate and institutional. Likewise, they are also held to two sets of occupational orientations, epistemological and didactic. This chapter identifies other areas of phenomenal overlap, and thereby accomplish two things simultaneously. It completes the description of the invariant structural qualities constitutive of professionalism while also revealing additional sources of the laxity and confusion of quotidian verbiage. Abbott's sociology of profession is that it does not identify or include any occupational, organizational or instructional qualities or activities which distinguish professions from other expert occupations.

Keywords: Abbott; fiducial responsibilities; professionalism; socio-cultural authority

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