Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America / Edition 2

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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.

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Sullivan examines the historical role of professionals in American society, pointing out that the professions have been affected and changed by new work patterns. He argues that, given increasing global interdependence coupled with emerging information technology, professionals in the public and private sector must re-examine their responsibility to larger society. Reinventing professionalism as a civic art is a central theme of the book. Thus, integrity in professional work includes the social dimensions of caring for people and purposes and making commitments to the social good. This is a well-documented scholarly treatise, more theoretical than applied. Highly recommended for academic libraries.-Jane M. Kathman, Coll. of St. Benedict Lib., St. Joseph, Minn.
David Rouse
Sullivan is a professor at LaSalle University and has previously coauthored thoughtful works such as "The Good Society" 1991, which analyzes our social institutions, and "Habits of the Heart" 1985, which considers individualism and commitment. Here he reflects on the role of professionals and the idea of professionalism in today's society. He traces the rise of professionalism and considers what it means to be a professional. He also muses over whether the decline in professional ethics and standards is the cause or the result of a general social malaise; consequently, Sullivan issues a call for those in the professions to return to the values that originally defined professionalism.
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Meet the Author

William M. Sullivanis senior scholar at The CarnegieFoundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Since 1999 he hasserved as director and series editor for the Preparation for theProfessions Program, whose studies compare education across theprofessions of law, engineering, the clergy, nursing, and medicine,drawing out common themes and identifying distinct practices in thevarious fields.
The author of the first edition of Work and Integrity: TheCrisis and Promise of Professionalism in America, and coauthorof the best-selling Habits of the Heart: Individualism andCommitment in American Life as well as its sequel, The GoodSociety, Sullivan received his doctorate in philosophy fromFordham University and was professor of philosophy at La SalleUniversity before joining the Carnegie Foundation. He has publishedextensively in social and political theory and ethics as well aseducation and the professions.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

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

Notes 291

Index 317

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