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Overview

Since the 1960s the number of highly educated professionals in America has grown dramatically. During this time scholars and journalists have described the group as exercising increasing influence over cultural values and public affairs. The rise of this putative "new class" has been greeted with idealistic hope or ideological suspicion on both the right and the left. In an Age of Experts challenges these characterizations, showing that claims about the distinctive politics and values of the professional stratum have been overstated, and that the political preferences of professionals are much more closely linked to those of business owners and executives than has been commonly assumed.

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"Brint's important book ... tackles very large and complex questions about the changing roles of the professions in advanced capitalist societies.... It continues lines of analysis that have been pursued since the classic turn-of-the-century works of sociology, and it does so with great success."Contemporary Sociology

"Brint's important book ... tackles very large and complex questions about the changing roles of the professions in advanced capitalist societies.... It continues lines of analysis that have been pursued since the classic turn-of-the-century works of sociology, and it does so with great success."—Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Contemporary Sociology

Contemporary Sociology
Brint's important book ... tackles very large and complex questions about the changing roles of the professions in advanced capitalist societies.... It continues lines of analysis that have been pursued since the classic turn-of-the-century works of sociology, and it does so with great success.
Contemporary Sociology
Brint's important book ... tackles very large and complex questions about the changing roles of the professions in advanced capitalist societies.... It continues lines of analysis that have been pursued since the classic turn-of-the-century works of sociology, and it does so with great success.
— Dietrich Rueschemeyer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691026077
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,337,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction: Professionals and the Character of American Democracy 3
Pt. 1 The Professional Stratum in America 21
Ch. 2 Professions as Organization and Status Category 23
Ch. 3 Professions in the Political Economy I: Spheres and Sectors 45
Ch. 4 Professions in the Political Economy II: Markets 66
Ch. 5 Culture and Politics 81
Ch. 6 The Rhythms of Political Change 104
Pt. 2 Experts, Intellectuals, and Professionals 127
Ch. 7 The Influence of Policy Experts 129
Ch. 8 The Moral Imagination of Intellectuals 150
Ch. 9 Professionals and Politics in Postindustrial Societies 175
Ch. 10 Conclusion: The Transformation of the Professional Middle Class and the Future of Intellectuals 202
Notes 213
Index 265
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