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Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives Paperback – 4 Dec 2001

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (4 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780742516854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742516854
  • ASIN: 0742516857
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Schmidt analyzes the true meaning of being a professional and the sacrifices that professionals make to achieve their career goals. He challenges them to think outside the box, use their intuition and their attitude to provide for a better society.--Carrie Crystal Van Driel "In The Public Citizen "

Disciplined Minds is a freewheeling, thought-provoking examination of the way ideological control is exercised over an increasingly important section of the working class- the professionals.--John Pappademos "Nature, Society, and Thought "

"Disciplined Minds" is a witty, incisive, original analysis of the politics of professionalism--especially with respect to those fields in which 'professional training' involves an education in how to become oblivious to the political role of one s profession.--Michael Berube

I found "Disciplined Minds" while planning a course that will deal with the social role and moral responsibility of intellectuals, and after I finished reading it I whooped with joy. It is the perfect book to engage students on these issues -- well researched, powerfully argued, and clearly written. Even conservative students with politics at odds with Schmidt's find the book valuable because of its (sometimes painful) honesty and clarity. In addition to using it in my course, I wish I could make "Disciplined Minds" required reading for my faculty colleagues.--Jensen, Robert

"Disciplined Minds" is a freewheeling, thought-provoking examination of the way ideological control is exercised over an increasingly important section of the working class- the professionals.--John Pappademos "Nature, Society, and Thought "

Disciplined Minds is a witty, incisive, original analysis of the politics of professionalism especially with respect to those fields in which 'professional training' involves an education in how to become oblivious to the political role of one s profession.--Michael Berube, University of Illinois"

A blistering critique of how knowledge workers have been subordinated in America. Finally, a book that tells it like it is.--Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Graduate Center, author of From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America's Future

I have been waiting a long time for someone to write this book, and Jeff Schmidt has done it. He exposes, in crystal-clear prose, the inevitably political nature of the professional in our society, and, most importantly, suggests a strategy for resistance. This is an extraordinary and valuable piece of writing.--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States and professor emeritus of Political Science, Boston University

I found Disciplined Minds while planning a course that will deal with the social role and moral responsibility of intellectuals, and after I finished reading it I whooped with joy. It is the perfect book to engage students on these issues well researched, powerfully argued, and clearly written. Even conservative students with politics at odds with Schmidt's find the book valuable because of its (sometimes painful) honesty and clarity. In addition to using it in my course, I wish I could make Disciplined Minds required reading for my faculty colleagues.--Robert Jensen, Director of the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin"

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In this book about the world of professional work, Jeff 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, he argues, 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.

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