Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop / Edition 1

Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop / Edition 1

by Douglas Harper
     
 


A number of years ago, Douglas Harper moved to northern New York to teach in a small college. Upon his arrival there his department chairman noted his eight-year-old Saab and said, "You'll be meeting Willie." Haper spent the next years establishing not only a working relationship but a friendship with Willie. In Working Knowledge, he introduces us to WillieSee more details below

Overview


A number of years ago, Douglas Harper moved to northern New York to teach in a small college. Upon his arrival there his department chairman noted his eight-year-old Saab and said, "You'll be meeting Willie." Haper spent the next years establishing not only a working relationship but a friendship with Willie. In Working Knowledge, he introduces us to Willie, a mechanic and jack-of-all-trades. With this engaging and insightful profile—part biography, part ethnography, and part photo essay—Harper documents what Willie does and how he does it. Harper's dignified portrait captures a disappearing feature of modern life—the essential human factor in the world of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226316888
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/1987
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Nature of Work
The Evolution of Practical Labor
Learning and Teaching
Disassembling Intuition
Work as Bricolage
Knowledge in the Body
Work and Time
Summary
2. Contexts of Work
Work and the Environment
Work and Self
The Moral Universe of Work
Work and Community
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index

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