Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
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" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely)... show more
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" (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.
Publish date: April 27th 2010
Pages no: 246
Edition language: English
While he values physical hand's on work more than computer based work, the answer surely is that people can only find value in themselves if they see value in their work. That many people's work has become depersonalised and there is an emphasis on interchangeability of working units. We have also...
This book irritated me to no end. Where one word would suffice, Two were used, and at least one would be a word chosen to impress the reader that this was no ordinary grease monkey, but some kind of warrior-poet....Or, a pretentious twit. In general the book attempts to make both a philosophical and...
This book is an interesting look at work in the 21st Century. Does every child need to go to college? What's the real value of learning a trade? What's the real cost of our throwaway society? Why don't Americans build anything again more. What's the psyche of cubicle workers. These are some o...
I had huge expectations for this book. After all, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is my all-time favorite read. Shop Class was a huge disappointment, probably due to my huge expectations. It reads with a mix of the stilted verbosity of academia and the incomprehensible (to me) vocabulary o...
excerpt at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/magazine/24labor-t.html?pagewanted=6&em