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Work and Integrity is a timely resource that examines the crisis aswell as the promise of professionalism in contemporary society.This vital book argues for the importance of a new civicprofessionalism that reflects the ideals of democracy and publicservice in our ever more complex economic environment. Apublication of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement ofTeaching, Work and Integrity explores the most current thinking onthe various (and often conflicting) ways in which the concept ofprofessional work is understood. Using examples from the UnitedStates and Europe, the author describes how the professions evolvedfrom a limited kind of genteel occupation into one of the mostwidely emulated and sought-after models of work. The book alsoexplores the rise of complex institutions of industrial andpostindustrial society, especially the university and thebureaucratic structures of business, government, health care, andeducation.
Work and Integrity draws on The Carnegie Foundation'scomparative study of professional education in medicine, nursing,law, engineering, and the preparation of the clergy. The bookexplores the relation between the theory and practice and thetechnical and moral aspects of professional training and examinesthe key issues and controversies about professionalism from anhistorical perspective and from the analysis of contemporaryscholarly debates. In conclusion, the book proposes a new model forprofessionalism which aims at humanizing modern work and improvingthe equity and quality of contemporary life.
This important book offers a key resource for educators ofprofessionals and makes a powerful argument for renewing the socialcontract between the professions and the wider public theyserve—an argument that will resonate across a broad spectrumof readers, including professionals, academics, and policymakers.
The author of the bestselling Habits of the Heart examines the crisis in confidence in America's professional class. William M. Sullivan shows how the loss of faith in lawyers, clergy, doctors, and other professionals has affected society. He concludes by offering several recommendations for restoring confidence.
About the Author xvii
Introduction: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism 1
1. Professionalism 35
2. The Evolution of the Professions: From Professions of Officeto the Organizational Professions 67
3. A Metropolitan Maturity: The Progressives’ Struggle fora Civic Professionalism 99
4. No Center to Hold: The Era of Expertise 133
5. Reinventing Professionalism 161
6. Renewing Professional Education 195
7. What Is Professional Knowledge? Expertise and the University227
8. Confronting Moral Ambiguity: The Struggle for ProfessionalEthics 257
Conclusion: Experts and Citizens 283
Posted April 24, 2013