Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 November 2009

312 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195182781

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Just a Job?

Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life

George Cheney, Daniel J. Lair, Dean Ritz, and Brenden E. Kendall

The concept of "professionalism" has gained everyday resonance in the twenty-first century, especially given recent corporate scandals. However, George Cheney argues, as much as it may be discussed, professionalism has lost much of its broader social and community-related implications, as the trends of careerism, consumerism, and contingent employment have challenged and eroded collective senses of professional responsibility. In addition, professionalism has become depoliticized, even as it has continued to manifest certain racial, class-oriented, and gender biases in many contexts. In Just a Job?, Cheney explores everyday practices in contemporary professional ethics.


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