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The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker

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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.

Synopsis:

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

  1. The Working Life of a Waitress 1
  2. Styling Hair 31
  3. The Intelligence of Plumbing 56
  4. A Vocabulary of Carpentry 67
  5. Reflective Technique: Electrical Wiring and Construction 100
  6. Two Lives: A Welder and a Foreman 116
  7. Rethinking Hand and Brain 141
  8. Hand and Brain in School: The Paradox of Vocational Education 167
  9. Conclusion: Working Life 195

Afterword: On Method 217

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 229

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035572
Author:
Rose, Mike
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Work
Subject:
Mind and body
Subject:
Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Subject:
Work -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Business management
Edition Description:
Updated, Updated with a New Preface in 2014
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.74x5.00x.63 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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