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Between Craft and Science Technical Work in the United States

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ISBN-10: 0801483662

ISBN-13: 9780801483660

Edition: 1997

Authors: Stephen R. Barley, Julian E. Orr

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Between Craft and Science brings together leading scholars from sociology, anthropology, industrial relations, management, and engineering to consider issues surrounding technical work, the most rapidly expanding sector of the labor force. Part craft and part science, part blue-collar and part white-collar, technical work demands skill and knowledge but is rarely rewarded with commensurate status or salary. The book first considers the anomalous nature of technical work and the difficulty of locating it in any conventional theoretical framework. Only an ethnographic approach, studying the actual doing of the work, will make sense of the subject, the authors conclude. The studies that follow…    
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 3/3/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Contributors
Introduction: The Neglected Workforce
Technical Work in the Division of Labor: Stalking the Wily Anomaly
Technical Dissonance: Conflicting Portraits of Technicians
Whose Side Are They On? Technical Workers and Management Ideology
Cutting Up Skills: Estimating Difficulty as an Element of Surgical and Other Abilities
Bleeding Edge Epistemology: Practical Problem Solving in Software Support Hot Lines
Computers, Clients, and Expertise: Negotiating Technical Identities in a Nontechnical World
Work as a Moral Act: How Emergency Medical Technicians Understand Their Work
The Infamous "Lab Error": Education, Skill, and Quality in Medical Technicians' Work
Engineering Education and Engineering Practice: Improving the Fit
The Senseless Submergence of Difference: Engineers, Their Work, and Their Careers