Just a Job?: Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life by George CheneyJust a Job?: Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life by George Cheney

Just a Job?: Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life

byGeorge Cheney, Daniel J. Lair, Dean Ritz

Paperback | November 26, 2009

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From cartoons to boardrooms comes the statement, "It's not personal. It's just business."Just a Job? Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life offers a provocative perspective on ethics at work. The book questions the notions that doing ethics at work has to be work, and that work is somehow a sphere where a different set of rules applies. This problematic line between work and liferuns through the ways we commonly talk about ethics, from our personal relationships to the domains of work, including the organization, the profession, and the market. Talk about ethics is far more than "just talk," and this book shows how and why it matters.Drawing from the fields of communication and rhetoric, the authors show how the very framing of ethics - even before we approach specific decisions - limits the potential roles of ethics in our work lives and the pursuit of happiness, and treats it as something that is meaningful only at specialmoments such as when faced with dilemmas, or as the last chapter in a business book. Separating ethics from life, we put it beyond our daily reach.The authors argue against ethical myopia limited to spectacular scandals or comprehensive professional codes. Instead, they propose a master reframe of ethics based on a new take on virtue ethics, including Aristotle's practical ideal of eudaimonia or flourishing, which tells new stories about theordinary as well as extraordinary aspects of professional integrity and success. By reframing ethics as not special, they elevate it to its rightful position in work and personal life.Generously illustrated with examples and ideas from scholarly as well as popular sources, this book asks us to reconsider the meaning of and path toward the "good life."
George Cheney is Professor of Communication and Director of the Tanner Human Rights Center and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Utah. He is Adjunct Professor of Management Communication at The University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ. In the fall of 2010, he will become the John T. Jones Professor of Communication Studies at...
Title:Just a Job?: Communication, Ethics, and Professional LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:November 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195182782

ISBN - 13:9780195182781


Table of Contents

Introduction1. (Re)Framing Ethics at Work2. Starting Conversations about Professional Ethics3. Working for a Good Life4. Being a Professional: Problems and Promises5. Reconsidering Organizations as Cultures of Integrity6. Seeking Something More in the Market7. Finding New Ways to Talk about Everyday Ethics