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Disabling Professions
Ivan Illich
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Disabling Professions

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In this fascinating and controversial collection of essays Ivan Illich, Irving K Zola, John McKnight, Jonathan Caplan and Harley Shaiken challenge the power and mystery of professions. Why do we put so much resource into medicine, education and the law with so little apparent result? Why do we hold the professions in awe and allow them to set up what are in effect monopoli ...more
ebook, 114 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Marion Boyars Publishers
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Aug 24, 2016 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly eye-opening way of re-thinking much of how we view career fields.
This book was a footnote in another book I was reading recently, which I actually put down temporarily because I was engrossed with the premise of this short book and several of the chapters in particular. Worthwhile - prepare for a huge paradigm shift!
Mar 28, 2012 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most thought-provoking books I have ever read. Short and to the point. The arguments are not that complex, yet are very profound. I find myself thinking about what this means for my life. Highly recommended for everyone!
Nov 16, 2007 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you really helping and who is benefiting? One of the best critiques of liberal institutions and the professional world ever.
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if two of the contributors had not made several quite contradictory and / or otherwise confusing comments i would have given this "everyone should read this" book five stars.
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Ivan Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture and their effects of the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, and economic development.
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