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on 15 January 2016
Interesting read. Opened my mind up to aspects I didn't think about in making, memorising, materials etc it's worth trying to read.
packaged arrived on time and securely.
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on 22 March 2013
With his sociology background & well researched history he can help modern makers contextualise their practice & be proud of the skills they have.
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on 29 July 2014
this book is an example of clear and accessible writing and extremely relevant in this time of internet saturation by the
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on 4 April 2009
Excellent book; well thought out and researched. There has been little data or intuitive insight about the constellation of factors that go into the making of a craftsman, regardless of the discipline. The author has drawn universal lessons by observing the process and outputs of craftsman in different domains of work and produced a fine and much needed synthesis. It is likely that a reader from an altogether different discipline will find useful lessons here.
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on 9 April 2015
Fascinating! Deeply philosophical, while staying in touch with tangible reality...
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on 12 August 2013
An unfortunate disappointment.

The book was poorly written with no clear argument.

Too many examples makes the text a tiring read.

A good background of knowledge and research went in to the book. Despite this, the author uses too many popular ideas in his writing that appear to come from this air (or his a**).

Not recommended, to anyone.
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VINE VOICEon 16 February 2010
Very readable and interesting book, bristling with historical fact and stories which back up clear and intelligent theorising about craft and its importance, relationship and impact on the human being.
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on 8 January 2015
If you want a book that is thoroughly researched history of the crafts in the West then the 'The Craftsman' is the book for you. Let me illustrate, why I'll not be reading the sequels. Without leaving the West, Sennett frustratingly omits to mention the influence of trade unions and sweatshops in his drab discussion of guilds and workshops. Referring to crafts such as playing the violin, parenting and blowing glass, he doesn't grapple with the economic context in which these crafts are carried out. The skills the craftsman deploys and the attitude he has to work will be, as Marx made clear, a function of the economic demands of his master and, as feminists have argued, of unequal gender relations. Full of historical descriptions, neither does Sennett distinguish his masculine 'craftsman' from other types of worker such as 'labourer', 'servant' or 'professional.

Simply, loose in defining the central character, the 'craftsman', omitting to examine the role of unions in the development of crafts, cursory in his use of Marx and omitting to discuss economic, power or gender relations in the development of work skills (paid and unpaid) Sennet, the sociologist, has divorced his asexual 'craft' from its proper place in contemporary communities. Please don't believe the Guardian reviews or the back cover. This book will not help "anchor ourselves in the world around us" and neither will it help us understand pluralist city communities - his final book in the trilogy.
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on 5 April 2016
Interesting
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on 31 January 2012
On and on and on...Dullsville! Lists and lists of his repetitive thoughts in my opionion so I could not bother to finish it but mebbes if you are actually a craftsman then it is more exciting.

A rather boring book that arrived from Amazon very quickly and cheaply
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