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The Organization of Craft Work
Identities, Meanings, and Materiality

ISBN 9780367355487
Published June 6, 2019 by Routledge
296 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited book focuses on the organization and meaning of craft work in contemporary society. It considers the relationship between craft and place and how this enables the construction of a meaningful relationship with objects of production and consumption. The book explores the significance of raw materials, the relationship between the body, the crafted object and the mind, and the importance of skill, knowledge and learning in the making process. Through this, it raises important questions about the role of craft in facing future challenges by challenging the logic of globalized production and consumption.

The Organization of Craft Work encompasses international analyses from the United States, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, the UK and Japan involving a diverse range of sectors, including brewing, food and wine production, clothing and shoe making, and perfumery. The book will be of interest to students and academic researchers in organization studies, marketing and consumer behaviour, business ethics, entrepreneurship, sociology of work, human resource management, cultural studies, geography, and fashion and design. In addition, the book will be of interest to practitioners and organizations with an interest in the development and promotion of craft work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding contemporary craft work

Emma Bell, Maria Laura Toraldo, Scott Taylor and Gianluigi Mangia

1. Craft in Japan

Robin Holt and Yutaka Yamauchi

2. Crafted in America: from culture to profession

Shelby Solomon and Blake Mathias

3. Wine, the authenticity taste regime and rendering craft

Jennifer Smith Maguire

4. Organising the home as making space: crafting scale, identity, and boundary contestation

Susan Luckman and Jane Andrew

5. Smells like craft spirit: craft as empowerment and social movement in niche perfumery

Claus Noppeney and Nada Endrissat

6. Deploying social memory for international recognition: the role of place and tradition in an Italian silk tie maker

Maria Laura Toraldo, Stefano Consiglio and Gianluigi Mangia

7. Back to the brewster: craft brewing, gender and the dialectical interplay of retraditionalisation and innovation

Chris Land, Neil Sutherland and Scott Taylor

8. Craft as a contested term: meaning diversities between entrepreneurs and consumers in the craft-brewing industry

Nadine Waehning, Maria Karampela and Juho Pesonen

9. Making livelihoods within communities of practice: the place of guild organisations in the craft sector

Nicola J. Thomas and Doreen Jakob

10. The cordwainers lair: contingency in bespoke shoemaking

Robert Ott

11. Craft as resistance: a conversation about craftivism, embodied enquiry and craft-based methodologies

Ann Rippin and Sheena J. Vachhani

12. Being maker-centric: making as method for self-organization and achieving craft impact in local communities and economies

Fiona Hackney, Deirdre Figueiredo, Laura Onions, Gavin Rogers and Jana Milovanovic

13. Reflecting on the relationship between craft and history: perspectives, resources and contemporary implications

Richard Blundel

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Emma Bell is Professor of Organisation Studies at The Open University, UK.

Gianluigi Mangia is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, and Head of Department of Management, Organizations and Human Resources at the Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione (SNA) in Rome, Italy.

Scott Taylor is Reader in Leadership and Organization Studies at University of Birmingham, UK.

Maria Laura Toraldo is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Lecturer at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland.


"The rise of artisanal and craft production is an extraordinary feature of contemporary consumption and employment. Whether a cynical branding exercise or a more profound nostalgic rediscovery of authentic labour this wonderfully timely book offers important new critical insights into craft work." –Tim Strangleman, Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Author of Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of Park Royal, Oxford University Press

"This is an important addition to the understanding of what craft means in the 21st century. The warm feeling generated by Sennett’s book should certainly make us look carefully at the enduring impact of this turn, to distinguish reality from hope." -Kevin Murray, Garland Magazine