Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Shop Class as Soulcraft

An Inquiry into the Value of Work

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ISBN10: 1594202230 ISBN13: 9781594202230 Publisher: Penguin Pr Published: May 28 2009 Pages: 246 Weight: 0.86lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English

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In this wise and often funny book, a philosopher/mechanic systematically destroys the pretensions of the high-prestige workplace and makes an irresistible case for working with oneÂ's hands Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite ordinary, but now seems to be receding over the cultural horizon—the experience of making and fixing things. Working with your hands, as Mathew B. Crawford describes it, connects us to the world around us. Those of us who sit in an office often have intuitions of something gone amiss, a sense of unreality accompanied by feelings of impotence. What, after all, do we do all day? In this wholly original debut, Crawford offers a brief for self-reliance and a sustained reflection on this problem: how to live concretely in an ever more abstract world. Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life worth choosing for anyone who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents. On both economic and psychological grounds, Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker.Â

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