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Land, Law and Money: Profession, state, and knowledge-base in the case of 19th century surveyors
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Forum för professionsforskning (FPF))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0404-8987
2011 (English)In: 10th conference of the European Sociological Association, 7th to 10th september 2011, Geneva, Switzerland, 2011Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Definitions and theories professions and professionalization have long been tailored on a set of professions established in England during the 19th century. Chartered surveyors belong in that group, but have not received the attention afforded to other members of the core set. This paper, conceived as a contribution to a theory of the relation between state, knowledge and profession, draws on the historical case of 19th century British surveyors. It analyses the interface between state and profession, in an age when it became increasingly important to “reconcile the principle that the domain of the political must be restricted, with the recognition of the vital political implications of formally private activities.” Surveyors were claimants to a configuration of tasks – centred on the nexus of land, law and money – which made them an important auxiliary to the state apparatus and its technologies. This paper traces, through comparison of British surveyors over time and through juxtaposition with Swedish surveyors, how these tasks, and a corresponding knowledge-base, were shaped by the inclusion of new subspecialties and a complex legal environment.

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2011.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19765OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19765DiVA: diva2:532639
Conference
10th conference of the European Sociological Association, 7th to 10th september 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
Available from: 2012-06-12 Created: 2012-06-12 Last updated: 2015-05-24Bibliographically approved

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