Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop
A number of years ago, Douglas Harper moved to northern New York to teach in a small college. Upon his arrival there his department chairman noted his eight-year-old Saab and said, "You'll be meeting Willie." Haper spent the next years establishing not only a working relationship but a friendship with Willie. In Working Knowledge, he introduces us to Willie, a mechanic and jack-of-all-trades. With this engaging and insightful profile—part biography, part ethnography, and part photo essay—Harper documents what Willie does and how he does it. Harper's dignified portrait captures a disappearing feature of modern life—the essential human factor in the world of work.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
asked automobile backhoe bend blacksmith blower bobsled bolt bricolage bricoleur bridge broken carburetor chain saw customers deal deskilling door DOUG drilling engine ethnography ethnoscience farm farmers Finally finished Ford tractor front garage gear George Ewart Evans greenhouse hammer hand heat hole Howard Becker idea John Berger junk kind knowledge lives look machines material mechanic metal method modern move needed neighbors never North Country nuts penetrating oil photo elicitation photographs pick piece pipe problem pull rationalized repair repairman Richard Dorson Robert Pirsig rural rusted Saab Saab 99 Saint Lawrence County sense shaft skills Skip social stories stove tell There's things tion told took tractor trailer transmission truck understand welding wheel Willie answers Willie says Willie's woods