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Work and integrity : the crisis and promise of professionalism in America /
William M. Sullivan ; foreword by Lee S. Shulman.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2005.
description
xvii, 327 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0787974587
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imprint
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2005.
isbn
0787974587
catalogue key
5307814
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
William M. Sullivan is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Excerpts
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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.Work and Integrity draws on The Carnegie Foundationa's comparative study of professional education in medicine, nursing, law, engineering, and the preparation of the clergy. The book explores the relation between the theory and practice and the technical and moral aspects of professional training and examines the key issues and controversies about professionalism from an historical perspective and from the analysis of contemporary scholarly debates. In conclusion, the book proposes a new model for professionalism which aims at humanizing modern work and improving the equity and quality of contemporary life.This important book offers a key resource for educators of professionals and makes a powerful argument for renewing the social contract between the professions and the wider public they serve-an argument that will resonate across a broad spectrum of readers, including professionals, academics, and policy makers.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-09:
Sullivan (La Salle Univ.) has written a "must read" for professionals in practice. It is ideally suited for use with graduate students in professional schools, especially those in law, architecture, planning, engineering, medicine and public health, education, and public policy. Focusing mainly on professions in North America, it contains little on engineering, or the newest profession, the "constructor," whose expertise is in scheduling, materials, labor, estimating, environmental mitigation, and construction engineering. This book would perfectly complement a short casebook in numerous professional fields, providing a reflective break from technical work in courses in professional practice. Too few such courses provide the historical perspectives that Sullivan musters. Sullivan comprehensively treats recent work on professionalism and management, though he misses a few key pieces in architecture--e.g., on what has been called "ethical stress." Sullivan boils professional ethics down into two "Gestalts": the frameworks of "character ethics," role modeling, or virtues theory, and the principles of classical liberalism (both utility and deontology). Yaro, MacKaye, Jane Addams, John Dewey, and the Root-Brandeis controversy on the role of lawyers are covered well, alongside an instructive critique of Derek Bok concerning the "meritocratic university crisis." A "real book" at all levels. General; undergraduate through professional. S. A. Merrill; Purdue University--Calumet
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-01:
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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"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 a 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
"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 a 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
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Summaries
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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
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 Americansociety. 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." -
Long Description
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. Sullivana'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 a'civic professionalism,a? 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
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
About the Authorp. xvii
Introduction: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalismp. 1
Professionalismp. 35
The Evolution of the Professions: From Professions of Office to the Organizational Professionsp. 67
A Metropolitan Maturity: The Progressives' Struggle for a Civic Professionalismp. 99
No Center to Hold: The Era of Expertisep. 133
Reinventing Professionalismp. 161
Renewing Professional Educationp. 195
What Is Professional Knowledge? Expertise and the Universityp. 227
Confronting Moral Ambiguity: The Struggle for Professional Ethicsp. 257
Conclusion: Experts and Citizensp. 283
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 317
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