Critical Craft: Technology, Globalization, and Capitalism by Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber,Alicia Ory DeNicola

By Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber,Alicia Ory DeNicola

From Oaxacan wooden carvings to dessert kitchens in provincial France, Critical Craft provides 13 ethnographies which learn what defines and makes 'craft' in a large choice of practices from round the world.

Challenging the normal realizing of craft as a survival, a revival, or anything that resists capitalism, the ebook turns as a substitute to the designers, DIY fanatics, conventional artisans, and technical programmers who think about their hard work to be craft, with a view to understand how they make feel of it. The authors' ethnographic experiences specialise in the contributors and groups who declare a tradition as their very own, bypassing the query of craft survival to invite how and why actions termed craft are mobilized and reproduced. relocating past neighborhood reports of background artisanship, the authors recommend that principles of craft are through definition a part of a bigger cosmopolitan discussion of strength and identification. through paying cautious recognition to those occasionally conflicting voices, this assortment exhibits that there's nice flexibility by way of which actions are labelled 'craft'. in reality, there are numerous similar rules of craft and those form particular engagements with fabrics, humans, and the economic climate.

Case experiences from international locations together with Mexico, Nigeria, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and France draw jointly facts in response to linguistics, microsociology, and player statement to discover the transferring terrain on which these engaged in craft are working. What emerges is an interesting photo which indicates how claims approximately craft are a vital part of up to date worldwide change.

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