Sociological Perspectives on the Nature of Expertise

  • Andrew Sturdy
  • Innes Newman
  • Peter Nicholls


The purpose of this chapter is to review some of the principal sociological perspectives on the nature of expertise and to highlight the partiality of these perspectives. Thus, the discussion is not concerned with the sociology of knowledge in the tradition of Kuhn (1962) or Habermas (1971) or Foucault (1970). Nor is the intention to explore all relevant theories with the aim of reaching some conclusive outcome on the nature of expertise. Rather, the objective is to suggest a way forward for developing a theoretical framework as a tool for understanding the nature of expertise as it is practiced. To this end, empirical data are presented.


Trust Relationship Financial Reward Management Consultant Sociological Perspective Accountancy Profession 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Sturdy
    • 1
  • Innes Newman
    • 1
  • Peter Nicholls
    • 1
  1. 1.Bristol Business SchoolFrenchay, BristolEngland

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