Shop Class As Soulcraft

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Author: Matthew B. Crawford

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

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication date: 2009

Number of pages: 246

Geographical setting: United States

Time period: 1970s – 2009

Plot summary: At age 14 Matthew Crawford was apprenticing as an electrician while living in a commune. Later he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and became director of a Washington think tank. Six months later he quit and opened his own motorcycle repair shop. Though not an autobiography, Crawford uses the twists and turns and the experience of his own life, along with philosophical, psychological and sociological theory and literature, to illustrate the importance of working with your hands. Not only does this work make one useful, the tangibility of the work creates a satisfaction that is fulfilling and addictive. Throughout the text Crawford relates stories of working on and riding motorcycles. While motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy the inside look at repair and restoration, this book will appeal to anyone in the trades or who values working with his or her hands — and especially those who don’t like their current job.

Subject headings: Work; Purpose in life; Job satisfaction; Quality of work life

Appeal: humor, philosophical, deliberate, insightful, inspiring, informative, sophisticated, thoughtful, engaging, passionate, hopeful, authoritative

3 terms that best describe this book: philosophical; practical; intriguing

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