Title

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Abstract

Matthew Crawford is a philosopher/motorcycle mechanic who has applied his academic skills to describe his life's passion. Growing up, Crawford worked in a car shop and as an apprentice electrician, developing a fondness for working with his hands. Crawford argues that this de-valuing of skilled labor was unmerited and prevents young people from seriously considering the trades. Skilled manual labor provides stable, fulfilling work. Crawford argues that this de-valuing of skilled labor was unmerited and prevents young people from seriously considering the trades. Skilled manual labor provides stable, fulfilling work. While Crawford makes a strong point that it is unfair for workers and bad for society to devalue skilled manual labor, his argument is undercut by his reverence for the blatantly anti-woman aspects of these workplaces.

Department(s)

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Manual Labors; Skilled Labor

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0278-0097; 1937-416X

Document Type

Review - Book

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

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