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The craftsman

Author: Richard Sennett
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake. Although the word may suggest a way of life that waned with the advent of industrial society, Sennett argues that the craftsman's realm is far broader than skilled manual labor; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent, and the citizen need to learn the values of good craftsmanship today." "In his most ambitious book to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Sennett
ISBN: 9780300151190 0300151195
OCLC Number: 731216377
Description: 326 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : man as his own maker --
Craftsmen --
The troubled craftsman --
The workshop --
Machines --
Material consciousness --
Craft --
The hand --
Expressive instructions --
Arousing tools --
Resistance and ambiguity --
Craftsmanship --
Quality-driven work --
Ability --
Conclusion : the philosophical workshop.
Responsibility: Richard Sennett.

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The Craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake. Although the word may suggest a way of life that waned with the advent of industrial society, Sennett argues that the craftsman's realm is far broader than skilled manual labor; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent, and the citizen need to learn the values of good craftsmanship today." "In his most ambitious book to date, one of our most distinguished public intellectuals explores the work of craftsmen past and present; he connects physical labor to ethical values; he challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today's world." "The Craftsman leads Richard Sennett across time and space, from ancient Roman brickmakers to Renaissance goldsmiths to the printing presses of Enlightenment Paris and the factories of industrial London. History has drawn fault lines dividing practice and theory, technique and expression, craftsman and artist, maker and user; modern society suffers from this historical inheritance. But the past life of craft and craftsmen also suggests ways of using tools, organizing work, and thinking about materials that remain alternative, viable proposals about how to conduct life with skill.

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