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The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Workerby Mike Rose
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Featuring a new preface for the 10th anniversary
As did the national bestseller Nickel and Dimed, Mike Roses revelatory book demolishes the long-held notion that people who work with their hands make up a less intelligent class. He shows us waitresses making lightning-fast calculations, carpenters handling complex spatial mathematics, and hairdressers, plumbers, and electricians with their aesthetic and diagnostic acumen. Rose, an educator who is himself the son of a waitress, explores the intellectual repertory of everyday workers and the terrible social cost of undervaluing the work they do. Deftly combining research, interviews, and personal history, this is one of those rare books that has the capacity both to shape public policy and to illuminate general readers.
Integrating personal stories of his own working-class family with interviews, vivid snapshots of people on the job, and current research in social science and cognitive psychology, Rose draws a brilliantly original portrait of America at work.
About the Author
Mike Rose teaches at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His books include Lives on the Boundary and Possible Lives. He is the winner of a number of awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 10th anniversary edition xi
Introduction: Mind and Work xxxiii
Afterword: On Method 217
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