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Alan Aldridge

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Chapter 8: Negotiating Status: Social Scientists and Anglican Clergy

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Negotiating Status: Social Scientists and Anglican Clergy
Negotiating status: Social scientists and anglican clergy
AlanAldridge

The elite status of the clergy of the Church of England, like that of any social group, is the product of complex social interactions. This article argues that it is necessary to move beyond the sociologically dominant but intellectually dubious model of a consensually agreed unidimensional prestige hierarchy. Occupational cognition is, it is contended here, multivalent, fluid, and context dependent. In researching Anglican clergy, rapport is achieved not through orienting to the relative standing of clergy and academics on a one-dimensional scale of occupational prestige but by affirming both commonalities and divergencies of values, objectives, occupational culture, and professional competence.

The Elite Status of the Anglican Clergy

That the clergy of the Church of ...

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