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Shop class as soulcraft : an inquiry into the value of work

by Crawford, Matthew B.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 16 copies
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 331 Crawford
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection HD4824.C72 2009
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Non Fiction 331 Cra
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 331 Crawford
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Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 331.01 C85
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 331 C
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 331 C71
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 331 C85
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 331 CRA
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 331 C89
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Plum Community Library Adult Non-Fiction 331 CRA
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Summary
A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands

Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" by The Boston Globe , Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls "manual competence," the ability to work with one's hands. According to the author, our alienation from how our possessions are made and how they work takes many forms: the decline of shop class, the design of goods whose workings cannot be accessed by users (such as recent Mercedes models built without oil dipsticks) and the general disdain with which we regard the trades in our emerging "information economy." Unlike today's "knowledge worker," whose work is often so abstract that standards of excellence cannot exist in many fields (consider corporate executives awarded bonuses as their companies sink into bankruptcy), the person who works with his or her hands submits to standards inherent in the work itself: the lights either turn on or they don't, the toilet flushes or it doesn't, the motorcycle roars or sputters. With wit and humor, the author deftly mixes the details of his own experience as a tradesman and then proprietor of a motorcycle repair shop with more philosophical considerations. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Work.
Publisher New York :Penguin Press,2009
Language English
Description 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [215]-238) and index.
ISBN 9781594202230
1594202230
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