Shop Class as Soulcraft

Shop Class as Soulcraft

An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

By Matthew B. Crawford

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143117469, 246pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2010

A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands
Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" ("The Boston Globe"), "Shop Class as Soulcraft" became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.

About the Author
Matthew B. Crawford is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and a fabricator of components for custom motorcycles. His bestselling book "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work", which has been translated into nine languages, has prompted a wide rethinking of education and labor policies in the United States and Europe, leading "The" "Sunday Times" to call him "one of the most influential thinkers of our time."