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Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture

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  •  Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture
    Title: Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/10/2017
    Price: $29.95
    Publishing status: Active

    At a time when the labour-market is failing as a
    source of security and identity for many, domestic tinkering is emerging as a legitimate
    occupation in a way we have not seen since pre-industrial times. In Australia,
    practices of repair, invention, building, improvising, and crafting, that take
    place in sheds, back-yards, paddocks, kitchens, and home-workshops, are becoming
    an important part of the informal economy and social cohesion, complicating
    distinctions between work and leisure, amateur and professional, production and

    Building on the work of historians, sociologists,
    psychologists, and economists, but with a journalist's impulse for the currency
    of her story, Katherine Wilson documents domestic tinkering as an undervalued
    form of material creativity, social connection, psychological sanctuary,
    personal identity, and even political activism. Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture mounts a surprising case for the
    profound value of domestic tinkering in contemporary Australia.

    'A rich world emerges in this well-crafted and
    well-researched book. The journalistic writing belies the deep theorisation of
    the topic, and Wilson moves fluidly among theoretical, ethnographic, and
    narrative elements to make an original study of maker culture. I thoroughly
    enjoyed reading it.' ~ Kirsty Robertson'A length of fencing wire, in my farmboy childhood, could fix just about anything. This book has similar miraculous powers. It mixes sociology, science, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and good old tinkerer know-how into an illuminating analysis of the clash between old and new ways of work. Full of fascinating insights and fascinating people, this book is a reminder that work is never just work, and can still have soul.' ~ Mark Davis

    Series: Monash Studies in Australian Society
    ISBN: 9781925495478
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