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Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
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May 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: higher-ed, socio-poli-religio-cultural
Read in June, 2009

Highly recommended. But two things:

1. don't expect too much in terms of policy or education suggestions or even discussion (although there is some good discussion of philosophical concepts such as value, work, identity and especially agency).

2. ignore some of the overly testosterone-laden passages.
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message 1: by Richard (last edited Sep 06, 2009 03:23AM) (new)

Richard Is this themed along the lines of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values? Seems awfully similar, although I guess the focus here is on craftmanship as a career, which I don't recall as a significant topic in the 1974 book.

(FWIW, it was mentioned in an NY Times article, Deskbound, Romancing the Brick .)


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