This book 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. Poignant examples from the world of work reveal the workplace as a battleground for the very identity of the individual. Schmidt contends that professional work is inherently political-that the unstated duty of professionals is to maintain strict "ideological discipline." Career dissatisfaction evolves as workers lose control over the political component of their creative work. After reading this insightful book, no one who works for a living will ever think the same way about their job. Jeff Schmidt lives in Washington, D.C., where he is an editor for Physics Today.
Jeff Schmidt was an editor at Physics Today magazine for 19 years, until he was fired for writing this provocative book. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Irvine, and has taught in the United States, Central America, and Africa. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in Washington, D.C. You may write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1 PROFESSIONALS Chapter 2 Timid Professionals Chapter 3 Ideological Discipline Chapter 4 Insiders, Guests and Crashers Chapter 5 Assignable Curiosity Chapter 6 The Social Significance Concealment Game Chapter 7 The Division of Labor Part 8 SELECTION Chapter 9 Opportunity Chapter 10 Narrowing the Political Spectrum Chapter 11 The Primacy of Attitude Chapter 12 Examining the Examination Chapter 13 Gratuitous Bias Chapter 14 "Neutral" Voices Chapter 15 Subordination Part 16 RESISTANCE Chapter 17 Resisting Indoctrination Chapter 18 How to Survive Professional Training with Your Values Intact Chapter 19 Now or Never