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Key Profession

The History of the Association of University Teachers, 1st Edition

By Harold Perkin


274 pages

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Originally published in 1969 Key Profession looks at the rise of the academic profession to its influence and importance, through the history of the Association of the University of Teachers, founded in 1919 and celebrating its half-centenary in 1969. As a study of a professional organization and political pressure group concerned with salary negotiations, conditions of service, academic freedom, and public policy on higher education, it is of interest not only to social historians but also to economists, political scientists, sociologists, and all those who have at heart the search for intellectual truth, the maintenance of cultural values and the integrity of the universities. The book tries to show what part the academic profession has played in the shaping of higher education, and through it of modern society, in twentieth-century Britain.

Table of Contents

1. The Demise and Resurrection of a Profession

2. The Foundation of the A.U.T.

3. An Amateur Professional Body, 1919-39

4. The War and Reconstruction, 1939-54

5. A Professional Professional Body, 1954-69

6. The Academic Profession in Professional Society


1. Officers of the A.U.T., 1919-69

2. Growth Membership, 1919-69

3. Sample Survey of the Profession, 1968


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Higher Education

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of higher education, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of learning, teaching, student experience and administration in relation to the higher education through the areas of business, sociology, education reforms, government, educational policy, business and religion, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of higher education in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students and practitioners of education, politics and sociology.

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