Introduction

Bell, Emma; Mangia, Gianluigi; Taylor, Scott and Toraldo, Maria Laura (2018). Introduction. In: Bell, Emma; Mangia, Gianluigi; Taylor, Scott and Toraldo, Maria Laura eds. The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, Meanings, and Materiality. Routledge, pp. 1–19.

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The concept of craft is central to understanding work and organizations. Commentaries on the values associated with craft, and how they have been eroded by capitalism and globalization, underpin classic theories of organization including Taylorism and Marxism, and inform key organizational concepts such as deskilling (Braverman 1974) and McDonaldization (Ritzer 1995). The endurance and recent flourishing of craft as a way of thinking about work invites consideration of how it has been understood historically, as well as how it is practiced and managed today. This edited volume therefore focuses on the organization of craft work. It considers the importance of craft as a way of understanding work and as a source of cultural meaning.

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