The History of the Professions (1978-1980)

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During the academic years 1978/79 and 1979/80, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the history of the professions.

Topics Included:

  • The emergence of modern professions
  • The role of industrialization
  • Licensure
  • Amateurs and charlatans
  • The language of the professions
  • Professional monopoly
  • Social identity, mobility, and stratification
  • Audience

Davis Center Fellows


  • Stephen Botein, Michigan State University
  • Robert Fox, University of Oxford
  • Samuel Haber, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robert Muchembled, Universite de Lille
  • Donald M. Scott, The New School for Social Research
  • Andrew Scull, University of California, San Diego
  • John H. Weiss, Cornell University


  • Patricia U. Bonomi, New York University
  • Magali Sarfatti Larson, Temple University
  • Anthony J. La Vopa, North Carolina State University
  • Wilfrid Prest, University of Adelaide
  • Matthew Ramsey, Vanderbilt University

Shelby Cullom Davis Center Volume

Professions and the French State, 1700-1900 Edited by Gerald L. GeisonProfessions and the French State, 1700-1900

Edited by Gerald L. Geison
Copyright 1984 University of Pennsylvania Press