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Work and Integrity is a timely resource that examines the crisis as well as the promise of professionalism in contemporary society. This vital book argues for the importance of a new civic professionalism that reflects the ideals of democracy and public service in our ever more complex economic environment. A publication of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Work and Integrity explores the most current thinking on the various (and often conflicting) ways in which the concept of professional work is understood. Using examples from the United States and Europe, the author describes how the professions evolved from a limited kind of genteel occupation into one of the most widely emulated and sought-after models of work. The book also explores the rise of complex institutions of industrial and postindustrial society, especially the university and the bureaucratic structures of business, government, health care, and education.
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