This book studies the relationship and balance of power between experts and laymen. It is rooted in the author's analysis of customer and contractor interactions in the housing industry, but relevant to other kinds of expert-layman relationships. Many of the conflicts between customer and contractor noted by the author also occur in lawyer-client, student-teacher, and doctor-patient relations.
The author's research is structured around three core categories pertaining to experts' relations with laymen: choosing experts, power symmetry, and what he calls "elsewhereism." The first category has to do with seeking experts, finding them, referrals, and judging whether or not to use experts. Power symmetry concerns the inherent imbalance of power between an expert and a layman. "Elsewhereism" focuses on the constant competition that laymen face with unseen others in claiming the time and services of an expert.
Experts versus Laymen broadens the analysis of expert-layman phenomena far beyond similar studies. It examines processes of bidding, gaining information, inspecting and evaluating work, winning trust, bargaining over costs, and determining who has situational control. This book discusses not only the contracting process in the housing industry, butfar more importanta world of power and domination in expert-laymen relationships.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Barney G. Glaser is founder of the Grounded Theory Institute in California, and has also been a research sociologist at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. He is the author or co-author of several books, including The Grounded Theory Perspective II and Experts versus Laymen: A Study of the Patsy and the Subcontractor, published by AldineTransaction.
Table of Contents
I Playing Patsy
Part I Comparative Bidding
II Inviting BidsIII Detailing the JobIV Choosing a Subcontractor
Part II Generalling the Job
V Temporal Control of a JobVI Articulating Successive JobsVII Quality Control of a JobVIII Closure: Temporal, Quality, and Financial
Part III Concluding Views
IX Notes on the Expert-Layman Relationship