Praise. “It’s appropriate that [Shop Class as Soulcraft] arrives in May, the month when college seniors commence real life. Skip Dr. Seuss, or a tie from Vineyard. Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls. “Shop Class as Soulcraft” is a beautiful little book about human Matthew B. Crawford, who owns and operates a motorcycle repair shop in.

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As Jackson Lears has shown in a recent article, through the installment plan, previously unthinkable acquisitions became thinkable, and more than thinkable: For example, the fasteners holding the engine covers on s-era Hondas are Phillips-head, and they are always stripped and corroded.

Seeing that self-reliance itself also implies, at first glance, more autonomy, Crawford goes to some effort to distinguish his call for self-reliance from a call for unfettered, atomistic freedom of the individual. Sep 28, Jamie Laing rated it it was amazing. He saw the beauty in his children being to work with their zhop and believed it was the claass hedge against starving to death. Sadly, it was not to be, and these crawflrd are apparently limited solely to the author and those whose work he understands and participates in.

He argues that to physically make, or create or repair an item can offer challenges that the office creative no longer gets, and that in America this career choice can pay as well too. My husband, a former high school shop teacher, was captivated from the first page — bemoaning the disappearance of shop classes from our common education — kept interrupting my reading of another book to share a paragraph of this book.

Matt Crawford makes some excellent arguments for earning a living with your hands. Craft pays homage to reality and to an understanding of the world as it is, and rejects artificiality and ideological distortions of the world. Furthermore, your work demonstrates your reality even more when you’re connected to the people who it affects.

And indeed, there are fewer occasions for the kind of spiritedness that is called forth when we take things in hand for ourselves, whether to fix them or to make them. Like the crasford consumer, the management consultant presents an image of soaring freedom, in light of which the manual trades appear cramped and paltry.

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The history of transition from craftsmanship to assembly line and the degradation of blue collar work was absorbing.

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

And our modern life is obsessed with attempting to separate them. Crrawford appears, at long last, to have no value. I highly recommend this to anyone who’s ever questioned the utility of their college or graduate degree. The book takes a very philosophical approach to the nature of work and relies on an anthropology that assumes h I suppose one could say that this book was impactful considering I now want to quit my job and fix airplanes or something.

While I am proud and happy that I have a B. The World Beyond Your Head: Apr 27, Pages. As someone who enjoys her own office job, I don’t think it’s reasonable to make assumptions about an entire population of occupations based on a sample size of one person, which is exactly what Crawford does, choosing himself soulcraftt his sample.


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It was at times a bit idealistic, but the points that Crawford makes are more often than not valid and worthy of contemplation. Crawford’s personal anecdote was an example of the extreme. There is material for a REALLY good essay in here that has been spun out and unnecessarily padded to make an entire book.

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The main hypothesis is that thinking and doing are inseparable from each other. I take their point to be that the crafting problem is in fact not reducible to an algorithmic problem.

I was also curious crawfogd the fact that the author didn’t trash the engineers who designed things that are difficult or impossible to fix. At the Columbian World Expo held in Chicago inno fewer than seven large-scale carriage builders from Cincinnati alone presented their wares. Given their likely acquaintance with such a cognitively rich world of work, it is hardly surprising that when Henry Ford introduced the assembly line inworkers simply walked out.

Crawford hits the soulceaft nail on the head and then tells you you’re more human for using that hammer and nail. Second, and related, craft is focused on the pursuit of excellence. Following graduate school in Chicago, I took a job in a Washington, D.


Shop Class as Soulcraft — Matthew B. Crawford

Follow The New Atlantis. Shop class, when it existed, was almost exclusively male, soulcrafy this is rooted in biological reality—that men are, on average, much more interested in manual work than are women. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Yet the flitting disposition is pressed upon workers from above by the current generation of management revolutionaries, for whom the ethic of craftsmanship is actually something to be rooted out from the workforce. My guess is Crawford’s wife is doing all the housework for him and that’s possibly the reason he doesn’t know about its value. There’s the Mercedes that has no dipstick.

Crawford’s work will appeal to fans of Robert Pirsig’s classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and should be required reading for all educational leaders. The factory service manuals tell you to be systematic in eliminating variables, but they never take such factors into account. Jul 05, Margaret rated it liked it Shelves: This causes an unnecessary psychic distancing between ourselves and our work value, which in turn affects our fulfillment.

These are activities at which it is possible to fail–in fact, you are almost guaranteed to fail at first. She didn’t insist too much on what she was telling us, and it became clear she was in a position similar to that of a veteran Soviet bureaucrat who must work on two levels at once: He also dissects the corporate culture of the cubicle which I enjoyed greatly; the superfluous talk of teamwork and productivity initiatives souocraft put forth no tangible standards.

What though two felloes might seem much alike when finished? He had been a school teacher with literary ambitions, but now crawfod himself aw overwhelmed by the cognitive demands of his new trade. Aug 30, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is the very soulcrsft of this thesis which renders the book so maddening.

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