The vulnerability of quasi-professional experts: a study of the changing character of US airline pilots work

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title = "The vulnerability of quasi-professional experts: a study of the changing character of US airline pilots work",
abstract = "This article contributes to {\textquoteleft}sociology of professions{\textquoteright} theory through the study of changes that occurred in US airline pilots{\textquoteright} work. Findings reveal that airline pilots are quasi-professional experts who developed specialized skills based on talent and experience which allowed them to work autonomously and enjoy a correspondingly high sense of trust and prestige for which they were often well compensated. However, results of this study suggest high labour costs and weak professional communities leave quasi-professional experts vulnerable to managerial cost-cutting and work intensification agendas, particularly during periods of merger, downsizing and other forms of industry restructuring. Findings signal a deprofessionalization of some elite fields in which experts{\textquoteright} specialized skills become devalued and the industry-specific nature of their expertise reduces career options and job mobility. Although the present study identifies this trend in aviation, recent changes in a wide range of industries from healthcare to high-tech portend applicability in a variety of domains.",
keywords = "Airline pilots, deprofessionalization, sociology of professions, work intensification",
author = "Fraher, {A. L.}",
year = "2016",
month = oct,
day = "4",
doi = "10.1177/0143831X16668580",
language = "English",
journal = "Economic and Industrial Democracy",
issn = "0143-831X",
publisher = "SAGE Publications",

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