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Servers of Craft: Making and Teaching Taste among 'Cool' Blue-Collar Workers

Title
Servers of Craft: Making and Teaching Taste among 'Cool' Blue-Collar Workers
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Richard E. Ocejo # City University of New York; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
1st May 2018 16:00 - 1st May 2018 17:30
Location
1st Floor Practice Suite CMB (1.12)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2017_2018/servers_of_craft_making_and_teaching_taste_among_cool_blue-collar_workers

In today's new economy—in which "good" jobs are typically knowledge or technology based—many well-educated and culturally savvy young people are instead choosing to pursue traditionally low-status manual labor occupations as careers, despite other work options. In his new book, Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy, Richard E. Ocejo looks at the renaissance of four such trades—bartending, distilling, barbering, and butchering. Focusing on a chapter from the book, in this talk he will provide an overview of this trend, and discuss how these workers produce and inculcate taste and elevate these jobs to a new form of elite cultural production. 

 

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