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Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop

Harper, Douglas

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ISBN 10: 0520079701 / ISBN 13: 9780520079700
Verlag: University of California Press, 1992
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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: In this engaging ethnography, illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, Douglas Harper examines the "working knowledge" of a machinist with a small shop in upstate New York. Harper gives us this man's philosophy of work and shows how his work fits into the web of life in his community. In addition to fairly conventional auto and farm equipment repair, he rebuilds and creates new machines out of salvaged materials, drawing on his deep knowledge of these materials and how machines work. Harper's study addresses the large issues of the historical shift from the independent work of the medieval artisan to industrial production and the increasing automation of today. His ethnographic skills bring substance to his consideration of de-skilling, alienation, and the rationalization of work in the contemporary world. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_0520079701

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In this engaging ethnography, illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, Douglas Harper examines the "working knowledge" of a machinist with a small shop in upstate New York. Harper gives us this man's philosophy of work and shows how his work fits into the web of life in his community. In addition to fairly conventional auto and farm equipment repair, he rebuilds and creates new machines out of salvaged materials, drawing on his deep knowledge of these materials and how machines work. Harper's study addresses the large issues of the historical shift from the independent work of the medieval artisan to industrial production and the increasing automation of today. His ethnographic skills bring substance to his consideration of de-skilling, alienation, and the rationalization of work in the contemporary world.

Umschlagtext: "Harper's portrait of Willie, the all-around craftsman, is more than an endearing one. It is a reflection on the role, good and bad, that technology, its use and misuse, has played in our lives. Working Knowledge is beyond nostalgia. It is a challenge for us to take a long hard look at where we are today in the matter of our life and our work."--Studs Terkel

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Titel: Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a ...

Verlag: University of California Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1992

Einband: Soft cover

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