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Arguing for the importance of a new civic professionalism in keeping the ideals of democracy and public service alive within an ever more complex economic environment, this important and timely book examines the crisis as well as the promise of professionalism in contemporary society. A vital resource for educators of professionals, this book makes a powerful argument for renewing the social contract between the professions and the wider public they serve. Given that, the book is of interest to a broad spectrum of readers, including professionals, academics, and policy makers.
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 Office to the Organizational Professions 67
3. A Metropolitan Maturity: The Progressives’ Struggle for a 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 University 227
8. Confronting Moral Ambiguity: The Struggle for Professional Ethics 257
Conclusion: Experts and Citizens 283
Posted April 24, 2013