Andrew Abbott

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Andrew Delano Abbott (born ca 1948) is an American sociologist and the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

Abbott studied history and literature at Harvard University, gaining his BA in 1970. He gained his PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1982. He taught for thirteen years at Rutgers University before returning to Chicago in 1991. He has made important contributions in the areas of the sociology of occupations and professions, social sequence analysis, historical sociology, sociology of knowledge, and social theory. He has edited the American Journal of Sociology since 2001.[1]


  • The emergence of American psychiatry, 1880-1930, 1982
  • The system of professions : an essay on the division of expert labor, 1988
  • Human services as complex organizations, 1992
  • Department and discipline: Chicago sociology at one hundred, 1999
  • Chaos of disciplines, 2000
  • Time matters: on theory and method, 2001
  • Methods of discovery: heuristics for the social sciences, 2004
  • Digital paper: a manual for research and writing with library and internet materials, 2014


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