The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Podiatry and the State: occupational closure strategies since 1960

Borthwick, A.M. (2000) Podiatry and the State: occupational closure strategies since 1960 British Journal of Podiatry, 3, (1), pp. 13-21.

Record type: Article


The concept of social closure may be used to explain how occupational groups, particularly the professions, seek to secure and retain their status. The pursuit of legislative controls to support and protect these privileges constitutes a key component of closure. Attempts within state podiatry to attain statutory changes to, and replacement of, the Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act (1960) has been marked by a series of identifiable occupational strategies. This paper examines the nature of these strategies, their underpinning professional aspirations and their dependence upon State policy and ideology. The quest to secure a more powerful and durable form of occupational closure, in line with the dental or medical models, is evaluated and informed through theory derived from the sociology of the professions. The prospects for current and future closure strategies are further examined in the light of the recent Health Act (1999).

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: February 2000


Local EPrints ID: 67063
PURE UUID: c5042fa3-a96c-4b4b-bf9c-9f53dec3f5d8

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 17 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:21

Export record

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.