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

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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.

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Library Journal
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 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Since 1999 he has served as director and series editor for the Preparation for the Professions Program, whose studies compare education across the professions of law, engineering, the clergy, nursing, and medicine, drawing out common themes and identifying distinct practices in the various fields.
The author of the first edition of Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America, and coauthor of the best-selling Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life as well as its sequel, The Good Society, Sullivan received his doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University and was professor of philosophy at La Salle University before joining the Carnegie Foundation. He has published extensively in social and political theory and ethics as well as education and the professions.

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Table of Contents


About the Author.

Introduction: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism.

1. 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.



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