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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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.
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