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A Constructive Response to the Current Crisis of Confidence in the Professions
"For generations the professions have combined expert knowledge with public service in a proud sense of calling. Now the market economy threatens to reduce professions, along with every other sector of modern life, to a lowest common denominator. Sullivan's book offers understanding and hope to professionals seeking to recover their true calling."
—Robert N. Bellah, professor of sociology, emeritus, University of California at Berkeley and coauthor, Habits of the Heart and The Good Society
"Writing in the tradition of social critics as distinctive as Emile Durkheim, William Morris, and John Dewey, and drawing on recent research on the mastery of complex bodies of knowledge and traditions of practice in professional education, William Sullivan in Work and Integrity has given us an indispensable interpretation of the meaning of work for our time."
—Bruce Jennings, senior research scholar, The Hastings Center
"The mission of professional training is typically understood as developing expertise. In Work and Integrity, William Sullivan persuasively shows that those who educate the next generation of professionals should also be nurturing an ethic of 'civic professionalism,' an understanding that the professions have a vital public responsibility. This is valuable, eye-opening reading for anyone who teaches—or depends on the professionalism of—professionals."
—David L. Kirp, professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley
"Work and Integrity provides an invaluable lens for understanding the role of professions in American society. By placing the contemporary challenges of professionals in broader historical and social context, William Sullivan offers a highly insightful analysis of how best to promote their highest ethical aspirations."
—Deborah Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford University
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.
Introduction: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism.
2. The Evolution of the Professions: From Professions of Office to the Organizational Professions.
3. A Metropolitan Maturity: The Progressives’ Struggle for a Civic Professionalism.
4. No Center to Hold: The Era of Expertise .
5. Reinventing Professionalism.
6. Renewing Professional Education.
7. What Is Professional Knowledge? Expertise and the University.
8. Confronting Moral Ambiguity: The Struggle for Professional Ethics.
Conclusion: Experts and Citizens.
Posted April 24, 2013