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The Professional Scientist: A Study of American Chemists (Paperback)
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The Professional Scientist: A Study of American Chemists (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 15/05/2011
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This classic book, available in paperback for the first time, is based on a 1962 study of the American Chemical Society, one of the great U. S. scientific societies. The society has a membership educated in the fundamental scientific field of chemistry, whose knowledge and talents are essential to modem industrial civilization. Without chemistry, we would have neither automobiles, nuclear devices, nor all the varied products essential to our modern way of life.Chemists are caught up in the dynamic changes in our society. The explosive advance of scientific knowledge leads to increasing specialization until experts in one field may have little in common with those in another. Also, as the knowledge and skills of chemistry are incorporated in the workaday world of industry, more and more trained chemists spend their days in routine application and organization of their skills and knowledge.The unique element of this study is its assessment of the role and function of a professional society for its members. Not much is known of how professionals feel about their societies, what they expect of them, or how they function for their members.Such studies assume increasing importance as the trend toward professionalization incorporates more specialized skills and as the members of these professions look increasingly to their societies for assistance in establishing their rights and privileges vis-a-vis the rest of society. This remains a unique effort at professional ethnography.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412818582
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Within the last several years there has been an increasing interest in the attitudes, values, and expectations of the occupational sub-groups which make up the general occupational classification of salaried professionals... It seems to this reviewer that the data collected in this volume would be of value not only to those practitioners who are charged with managing chemists, but would also be of value to those in sociology and social psychology."

--Earl B. French, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

"[F]or anyone with an interest in chemistry or in the political and organizational aspects of professional associations the book is worthy of consideration."

--Harrison G. Gough, The Journal of Business

"[O]f considerable value."

--Norman W. Storer, Administrative Science Quarterly

"Chemistry is the largest and most diversified of the scientific professions--so large and diversified that its very identity has become problematical, a condition which probably led to the officers of the American Chemical Society to commission this study.... The authors... provide some interesting discussions of the symbolic and ceremonial functions of professional societies."

--Warren O. Hagstrom, American Sociological Review

"The survey should provide students who are concerned with the attitude of scientists, with some useful raw material."

--Wallace R. Brode, Science


"Within the last several years there has been an increasing interest in the attitudes, values, and expectations of the occupational sub-groups which make up the general occupational classification of salaried professionals... It seems to this reviewer that the data collected in this volume would be of value not only to those practitioners who are charged with managing chemists, but would also be of value to those in sociology and social psychology."

--Earl B. French, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

"[F]or anyone with an interest in chemistry or in the political and organizational aspects of professional associations the book is worthy of consideration."

--Harrison G. Gough, The Journal of Business

"[O]f considerable value."

--Norman W. Storer, Administrative Science Quarterly

"Chemistry is the largest and most diversified of the scientific professions--so large and diversified that its very identity has become problematical, a condition which probably led to the officers of the American Chemical Society to commission this study.... The authors... provide some interesting discussions of the symbolic and ceremonial functions of professional societies."

--Warren O. Hagstrom, American Sociological Review

"The survey should provide students who are concerned with the attitude of scientists, with some useful raw material."

--Wallace R. Brode, Science


-Within the last several years there has been an increasing interest in the attitudes, values, and expectations of the occupational sub-groups which make up the general occupational classification of salaried professionals... It seems to this reviewer that the data collected in this volume would be of value not only to those practitioners who are charged with managing chemists, but would also be of value to those in sociology and social psychology.-

--Earl B. French, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

-[F]or anyone with an interest in chemistry or in the political and organizational aspects of professional associations the book is worthy of consideration.-

--Harrison G. Gough, The Journal of Business

-[O]f considerable value.-

--Norman W. Storer, Administrative Science Quarterly

-Chemistry is the largest and most diversified of the scientific professions--so large and diversified that its very identity has become problematical, a condition which probably led to the officers of the American Chemical Society to commission this study.... The authors... provide some interesting discussions of the symbolic and ceremonial functions of professional societies.-

--Warren O. Hagstrom, American Sociological Review

-The survey should provide students who are concerned with the attitude of scientists, with some useful raw material.-

--Wallace R. Brode, Science

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