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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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. In the end, craftsmanship reflects the individual commitment to soulcrwft and excellence and that isn’t recognized in this volume.

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

As Labor Day nears, Matthew B. Its themes – that a college-educated workforce is often required to check its brains, independent thinking, judgment, shlp 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: All this might be forgivable if this was a primarily clas text, but it’s not.

And would this not be in keeping with their democratic mission? This is not just a manifesto in favor of manual labor all sorts, not just artisanry or craftsmanship but also against the stockade of cubicles that corporate America has encased most of us in.

I especially appreciate his breaking down of the ridiculous assertion that the trades are not thought-intensive activities. Labor appears, at long last, to have no value.


I am reminded that I should take more pleasure in this work than I have done in the past.

Shop Class as Soulcraft

However, the book is definitely on to something. See all reviews.

And he said, I know not: Chop wood, shoop water. I think he has a great point that there is a great deal of value in hands-on work labor, trades, craftworkand that it’s under-appreciated right now, and a lot of people might be happier working in a trade than an office. What though two felloes might seem much alike when finished? Thought is far more than simply getting lost in your own mind.

Boasting is what a boy does, who has no real effect in the world. Socially, being the proprietor of a bike shop in a small city gave me a feeling I never had before. They go elsewhere, of course.

Crawford is an academic but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. I bought several of these. EBay is awash in such equipment, also from schools. Since the standards of craftsmanship issue from the logic of things rather than the art of persuasion, practiced submission to them perhaps gives the craftsman some psychic ground to stand on against fantastic hopes aroused by demagogues, whether commercial or political.

I don’t think this book was written for most tradesmen; they know intuitively that they engage in their practices for their intrinsic goods. Anyway, the book was interesting. Crawford soulcradt not deny this may be efficient, in the sense of maximizing output, but it degrades the worker and the workforce, and is ultimately deleterious to society on all levels.

After more experience in the building trades and a reread, I have to say that this book holds up extremely well. Like it or not, I am committed and even if I could change things, I doubt that I would.


The habituation of workers to the assembly line was thus perhaps made easier by another innovation of the early twentieth century: He also drew great satisfaction in seeing a job come to completion and admired ingenuity over wealth.

Having got a PhD, he started a career in the creative industry writing abstracts of articles in academic journals, before moving onto other things. If genuine knowledge work is not growing but actually shrinking, because it is coming to be concentrated in an ever-smaller elite, this has implications for the vocational advice that students ought to receive.

Buy the selected items together This item: The fasteners holding small appliances together now often require esoteric screwdrivers not commonly available, apparently to prevent the curious or the angry from interrogating the innards.

Shop Class as Soulcraft — Matthew B. Crawford

We worry that we are becoming stupider, and begin to wonder if getting an adequate grasp on the world, intellectually, depends on getting a handle on it in some literal and active sense. I was utterly taken with this book, first to last. Don’t get me started