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The Craftsman
     

The Craftsman

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by Richard Sennett
 

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ISBN-10: 0300151195

ISBN-13: 9780300151190

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Craftsmanship, says Richard Sennett, names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. The computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen all engage in a craftsman’s work. In this thought-provoking book, Sennett

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Craftsmanship, says Richard Sennett, names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. The computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen all engage in a craftsman’s work. In this thought-provoking book, Sennett explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today’s world.
 
The Craftsman engages the many dimensions of skill—from the technical demands to the obsessive energy required to do good work. Craftsmanship leads 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; in the modern world he explores what experiences of good work are shared by computer programmers, nurses and doctors, musicians, glassblowers, and cooks. Unique in the scope of his thinking, Sennett expands previous notions of crafts and craftsmen and apprises us of the surprising extent to which we can learn about ourselves through the labor of making physical things.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300151190
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
402,183
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: Man as His Owns Maker 1

Part One Craftsmen

1 The Troubled Craftsman 19

2 The Workshop 53

3 Machines 81

4 Material Consciousness 119

Part Two Craft

5 The Hand 149

6 Expressive Instructions 179

7 Arousing Tools 194

8 Resistance and Ambiguity 214

Part Three Craftsmanship

9 Quality-Driven Work 241

10 Ability 268

Conclusion: The Philosophical Workshop 286

Notes 297

Index 317

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