Working Knowledge

Skill and Community in a Small Shop

Douglas Harper

Working Knowledge
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Douglas Harper

224 pages | 102 halftones, 1 map, 4 line drawings | © 1987
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780226316888 Published July 1987
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.
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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