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Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives - Jeff Schmidt

Disciplined Minds

A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives

Paperback Published: 28th December 2001
ISBN: 9780742516854
Number Of Pages: 304

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"This book is stolen. Written in part on stolen time, that is. Because like millions of others who work for a living, I was giving most of my prime time to my employer..." So begins Jeff Schmidt in this riveting book about the world of professional work. Schmidt demonstrates that the workplace is a battleground for the very identity of the individual, as is graduate school, where professionals are trained. He shows that professional work is inherently political, and that professionals are hired to maintain strict "ideological discipline." The hidden root of much career dissatisfaction, argues Schmidt, is the professional's lack of control over the political component of his or her creative work. Many professionals set out to make a contribution to society and add meaning to their lives. Yet our system of professional education and employment abusively inculcates an acceptance of politically subordinate roles in which professionals typically do not make a significant difference, undermining the creative potential of individuals, organizations, and even democracy. Schmidt details the battle one must fight to be an independent thinker, showing how an honest reassessment of what it means to be a professional in today's corporate society can be remarkably liberating. After reading this book, no one who works for a living will ever think the same way about his or her job.

Industry Reviews

This book should be read by anyone thinking about embarking on a professional education in any field, as well as by those who wonder why their dream job doesn't seem so dreamy after all.--Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Timid Professionalsp. 9
Trusted Cadre
Hidden Curriculum
Ideological Disciplinep. 30
The Politics of Not Getting Political
The Expert's Opinion
When Does a Job Demand a Professional?
Working Between the Lines
Insiders, Guests and Crashersp. 46
Jurors: Professionals for a Week
Inadvertent Satirists
"Real World" Credentials
Assignable Curiosityp. 56
Directing the Professor's Curiosity
A Government Agency Is a Government Agency
The Social Significance Concealment Gamep. 71
Condensed Matter Physics
Plasma Physics
It Takes a Professional
The Division of Laborp. 86
Weakening the Individual
Opportunityp. 97
Dreams of Escape
Opportunity to Escape
A Life-and-Death Matter
Ugly Scene at the Narrow Gate
A Strategy for Understanding
Selection as a Political Process
The Instrument of Selection
Narrowing the Political Spectrump. 119
Before the Narrowing
Metamorphosis and Unnatural Selection
The Primacy of Attitudep. 148
The Convergence of Prejudgment and Score
Examining the Examinationp. 161
Imposing a Social Framework
Turning Tricks
Time Pressure and Problem Fragments
Boredom and Endurance
Technical Details, Naked Formulas and "Usefulness"
The Elitist's Advantage
Gratuitous Biasp. 180
Bias--Necessary and Unnecessary, Hidden and Superficial
Freudian Slips
"Neutral" Voicesp. 193
Subordinationp. 203
Conflicts with Employers
Resisting Indoctrinationp. 217
Brainwashing and Resistance
How to Survive Professional Training with Your Values Intactp. 239
Prisoner of War Resistance
Confrontation or Obliteration
My Own Case
Individual Violence
Now or Neverp. 265
Indexp. 281
About the Authorp. 294
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ISBN: 9780742516854
ISBN-10: 0742516857
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th December 2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39