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Marchand, Trevor H.J. (2021) The Pursuit of Pleasurable Work: Craftwork in Twenty-First Century England. New York: Berghahn. (New Anthropologies of Europe: Perspectives and Provocations)

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Against the backdrop of an alienating, technologizing and ever-accelerating world of material production, this book tells an intimate story: one about a community of woodworkers training at an historic institution in London’s East End during the present ‘renaissance of craftsmanship’. The animated and scholarly accounts of learning, achievement and challenges reveal the deep human desire to create with our hands, the persistent longing to find meaningful work, and the struggle to realise dreams. In its penetrating explorations of the nature of embodied skill, the book champions greater appreciation for the dexterity, ingenuity and intelligence that lie at the heart of craftwork.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISBN: 9781800732742
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2021 13:02
Related URLs: https://www.ber ... MarchandPursuit (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy

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