Craftwork as Problem Solving: Ethnographic Studies of Design and Making

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Professor Trevor H J Marchand
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 28, 2016 - Social Science - 278 pages
Presenting rich, textured ethnographic studies of craftspeople at work around the world, Craftwork as Problem Solving examines the intelligent practices involved in solving a variety of problems and the ways in which these are perceived and evaluated both by makers and creators themselves, and by the societies in which they work. With attention to local factors such as training regimes and formal education, access to tools, socialisation and cultural understanding, budgetary constraints and market demands, changing technologies and materials, and political and economic regimes, this book sheds fresh light on the multifarious forms of intelligence involved in design and making, inventing and manufacturing, and cultivating and producing.
 

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Contents

Problem work in the relationship between
33
Craftsmanship with sentient
51
making sense in the bike mechanics workshop
71
Crafting solutions on the Cutting edge of Digital videography
87
breaching normal
115
weaving solutions to woven Problems
133
SoCIaL eConomIC anD PhILoSoPhICaL
151
affective Problem solving
169
embodied Problem solving
183
the Problem of the Unknown Craftsman
197
the Craftsperson
215
a flexible Connective strategy for Concept
235
Index
261
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Trevor H.J. Marchand is Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. He is the author of The Masons of Djenné and Minaret Building and Apprenticeship in Yemen, editor of Making Knowledge and co-editor of the Handbook of Social Anthropology.

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