Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop
by Douglas Harper
University of Chicago Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-226-31688-8
Library of Congress Classification HD4904.H335 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 302.34

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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