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Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop Hardcover – July 27, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0226316888 ISBN-10: 0226316882 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 27, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226316882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226316888
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A case study, as warm and lively as it is reflective, that records an important example of 'material and folk culture.'" -- Philip Morrison, Scientific American

"A luminous essay showing the setting, the worker, and many details of his work: closeups of machines that need repair, of grinding, of welding, of Willie's hands, tools, and products." -- Charles Tilly, Sociological Forum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Harper's portrait of Willie, the all-around craftsman, is more than an endearing one. It is a reflection on the role, good and bad, that technology, its use and misuse, has played in our lives. Working Knowledge is beyond nostalgia. It is a challenge for us to take a long hard look at where we are today in the matter of our life and our work."—Studs Terkel
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By David Franke on December 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This books is a wonderful window into good work. It reminded me of how individuals embody craft, expertise, and creativity. I like the observer/participant stance Harper takes. It's a book I'd be very proud of had I written it. I bought a copy for my siblings who likewise appreciated the emphasis on design and problem solving. Very good read and provocative yet not didactic.
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