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Audio Lecture: The 20th-Century Fate of the Craft Ideal
Jackson Lears, Board of Governors professor of history at Rutgers University, traces the changing attitudes toward craftsmanship in the 20th-century United States high and popular culture, looking specifically at work produced at Cranbrook, Black Mountain, and Penland. He will also discuss the post-World War II do-it-yourself movement, concluding with reflections (following Matthew Crawford and Richard Sennett) on the eclipse of craftsmanship in the workplaces of the Information Age.
1960s, 1970s, 19th century, 20th century, aesthetics, Arts and Crafts, counterculture, England, ethics, industrial revolution, morality, social change, technology, utopia, Victorian
High School, Middle School