By Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber,Alicia Ory DeNicola

ISBN-10: 1472594851

ISBN-13: 9781472594853

ISBN-10: 147259486X

ISBN-13: 9781472594860

From Oaxacan wooden carvings to dessert kitchens in provincial France, Critical Craft provides 13 ethnographies which study what defines and makes 'craft' in a wide selection 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 in its place to the designers, DIY fanatics, conventional artisans, and technical programmers who contemplate their hard work to be craft, on the way to understand how they make experience of it. The authors' ethnographic reports specialize in the members 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 local stories of background artisanship, the authors recommend that principles of craft are by means of definition a part of a bigger cosmopolitan discussion of strength and identification. by means of paying cautious realization to those occasionally conflicting voices, this assortment exhibits that there's nice flexibility when it comes to which actions are labelled 'craft'. in truth, there are various similar rules of craft and those form designated engagements with fabrics, humans, and the economic climate.

Case reviews from international locations together with Mexico, Nigeria, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and France draw jointly facts according to linguistics, microsociology, and player commentary 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 an essential component of latest international change.

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