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    DescriptionProvocative and enlightening, Richard Sennett's "The Craftsman" is an exploration of craftsmanship - the desire to do a job well for its own sake - as a template for living. Most of us have to work. But is work just a means to an end? In trying to make a living, have we lost touch with the idea of making things well? Pure competition, Sennett shows, will never produce good work. Instead, the values of the craftsman, whether in a Stradivari violin workshop or a modern laboratory, can enrich our lives and change the way we anchor ourselves in the world around us. The past lives of crafts and craftsmen show us ways of working - using tools, acquiring skills, thinking about materials - which provide rewarding alternative ways for people to utilise their talents. We need to recognize this if motivations are to be understood and lives made as fulfilling as possible. "Lively, engaging and pertinent ...a lifetime's learning has gone into the writing of this book". (Roger Scruton, "Sunday Times"). "An enchanting writer with important things to say". (Fiona MacCarthy, "Guardian"). "Enthralling...Sennett is keen to reconnect thinking with making, to revive the simple pleasure in the everyday object and the useful task. There is something here for all of us". (Edwin Heathcote, "Financial Times"). "A masterpiece". (Boyd Tonkin, "Independent"). Richard Sennett's previous books include "The Fall of Public Man", "The Corrosion of Character", "Flesh and Stone" and "Respect". He was founder director of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and is now University Professor at New York University and Academic Governor and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.


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    Title
    The Craftsman
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Sennett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 246 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141022093
    ISBN 10: 0141022094
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    BIC subject category V2: JHBL
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    DC22: 306.361
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    BISAC V2.8: TEC000000
    DC22: 601
    BISAC V2.8: BUS038000, PHI034000
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    Thema V1.0: QDTQ, TB, JHBL, QDX
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    05 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Sennett's previous books include The Fall of Public Man, The Corrosion of Character, Flesh and Stone and Respect. He was founder director of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and is now University Professor at New York University and Academic Governor and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. He has won the Amalfi and Ebert prizes for sociology and in 2006 was awarded the Hegel Prize by the City of Stuttgart.
    Review quote
    'Richard Sennett is a prime observer of society ... one of his great strengths, the thing that makes his narrative so gripping, is the sheer range of his thinking and his brilliance in relating the past to the present' - Fiona MacCarthy, The Guardian 'A lifetime's learning has gone into this book ... Sennett writes beautifully' - Roger Scruton, Sunday Times