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Shop Class as Soulcraft

An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
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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" (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.
Penguin Publishing Group; May 2009
320 pages; ISBN 9781101057292
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Title: Shop Class as Soulcraft
Author: Matthew B. Crawford
 
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1101057297
9781101057292
9781594202230