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The process by which members of a high-status occupation lose the facility to have autonomous control over its internal affairs and the behaviour of its membership. Deprofessionalization also results in a loss of the monopoly of the members of the profession to have exclusive rights to do certain kinds of work and a loss of control over the expert knowledge that, before deprofessionalization, was not available to the general public. It could be claimed that aerobic fitness clubs and diet clubs act to deprofessionalize sport scientists, qualified athletic coaches, and health physiologists, who are now not seen as having a monopoly of knowledge in these areas.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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