Praise. “It’s appropriate that [Shop Class as Soulcraft] arrives in May, the month when college seniors commence real life. Skip Dr. Seuss, or a tie from Vineyard. Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls. “Shop Class as Soulcraft” is a beautiful little book about human Matthew B. Crawford, who owns and operates a motorcycle repair shop in.

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Scientific managers, themselves, have complained bitterly of the poor and lawless material from which they must recruit their workers, compared with the efficient and self-respecting craftsmen who applied for employment twenty years ago.

They, and most employees, are instead degraded wage slaves, who are alienated from their labor, the fruits of which they cannot even see or apprehend, but which in any case go to others. Plainly craaford it sucks to be poor. These are activities at which it is possible to fail–in fact, you are almost guaranteed to fail at first.

In order to make said arguments appear slightly more legitimate, he dressed them up in fancy philosophica This was such a disappointment. A man needs the freedom to make a dirty joke. Its themes ae that a college-educated workforce is often required to check its brains, independent thinking, judgment, and problem-solving instincts at the cubicle, and that the trades or other artisanal type work actually do involve more of those traits than much white collar labor – are critically important and deserve wider discussion, especially among society’s elites: My initial impression was that this could even be targeted towards the high-school student soulfraft what career to pursue – and after reading a number of technical books, I was looking forward to some lighter reading for a vacation.

Oct 10, J rated it really liked it. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I was bored by his inability to stay on topic. Buy the Audiobook Download: It also explores what we might call the ethics of maintenance and repair, and in doing so I hope it will crawflrd to those who may be unlikely to go into the trades professionally but strive for some measure of self- reliance—the kind that requires focused engagement shoo our material things.

Motorcycle repair, parts, troubleshooting, the community of gearheads – it all gets covered amply in pages of text. The modern knowledge engineer performs similar detailed studies, only he anatomizes decision making rather than bricklaying. To this end, perhaps we need to consider the origins of shop class, so that we soulcraftt better understand its demise.


My main complaint is that there’s so much about motorcycles in here, a subject which interesteth me not.

But if there was initially such a self-selection process, it quickly gave way to something less deliberate, more systemic. Almost all works in the genre skip the “self” part and jump soulcract to the “help. So even though the message of the book had none of this in it, I’m glad to have read it, because I have begun to value this labor of mine more than I did before.

Shop Class as Soulcraft

In our early work with HyperGami, we often ran into situations in which the program provided us with a folding net that was mathematically correct — i. However, this book started and ended highly philosophically with plenty more in the middle – not the cfawford read that I was looking for. If you need a deck built, or your car fixed, the Chinese are of no help.

Highly recommended; Crawford’s appreciation for various trades may intrigue readers with white collar jobs who wonder at the end of each day what they really accomplished. However, I think that kind of satisfaction can be found in professional work as well. Then they found their way into medical diagnosis, and eventually the cognitively murky, highly lucrative, regions of financial and legal advice.

I concur with most of what he says about modern management theory. 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.

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

I don’t want to waste any space here repeating what everyone, including the the NY Times, is apparently in on, but it seems to me that while Internet-related work has become a real way to earn a living, especially for social-media savvy “young people”, there are an equal number of people my age who want their day job to be something cradford is real and physical and rewarding.

This book deepened my appreciation for my dads decision to support my engineering education on the condition that I also develop myself as a tradesman.

He tells us to choose a career that deals with things that are “real” without ever fully defining what real is, only hinting at a definition here and there.

I’d summarize this book as “Manual work is intellectually stimulating. The likelihood that the many of us will tolerate a system where only very few of us have access to wealth that the economy produces is awfully remote.


It’s kind of like Heidegger and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. During this time of cultural anxiety and reckoning, when the conventional wisdom that has long driven our wealthy, sophisticated culture is foundering amid an economic and spiritual tempest, Crawford’s liberating volume appears like a lifeboat on the horizon. Rather than resent the cooking and cleaning and caring–the things that my education has taught me to disparage and resent–I have come to a realization that since these things must be done, I should do them well.

My primary engagements with the physical world are through cooking, which I assiduously avoid doing in objective i. There were group rides, and bike night every Tuesday at a certain bar.

It was recognized as a necessity for the broader working-class population, precisely because the institutions that had previously served this socializing function, apprenticeship and guild traditions, had been destroyed by new modes of labor. He’s asking us to question everything we thought we knew about what counts as valuable work, urging us to reconsider the belief that physical work ceawford also intellectual.

It will have more depth and grace if we read Crawford’s book carefully and take it to heart. Any mechanic will tell you that it is invaluable to have other mechanics around to test your reasoning against, especially if they have a different intellectual disposition.

In this book, he cawford people who earn a living by the sweat of their brow. What a remarkable author; I will be reading anything by him I can get my hands on. Shop Class as Soulcraft: This despite the fact that we have had such an eternally tortured relationship with those very jobs.

Shop Class as Soulcraft — Matthew B. Crawford

This underlying reality is obvious between the lines in this book—Crawford refers nearly exclusively to men, in phrasing, anecdotes, and use of generic pronouns. One of my favorite themes is the purposeful obfuscation, in the guise of saving the consumer time and effort, of the technology behind many products.

Whop book over how America has bashed and degraded the blue collar workmen.