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The Resource A world of work : imagined manuals for real jobs, edited by Ilana Gershon ; afterword by Jean Lave

A world of work : imagined manuals for real jobs, edited by Ilana Gershon ; afterword by Jean Lave

Label
A world of work : imagined manuals for real jobs
Title
A world of work
Title remainder
imagined manuals for real jobs
Statement of responsibility
edited by Ilana Gershon ; afterword by Jean Lave
Contributor
Author of afterword,
Editor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a street magician in Paris? A fish farmer in Norway? A costume designer in Bollywood? This playful and accessible look at different types of work around the world delivers a wealth of information and advice about a wide array of jobs and professions. The value of this book is twofold: For young people or middle-aged people who are undecided about their career paths and feel constrained in their choices, A World of Work offers an expansive vision. For ethnographers, this book offers an excellent example of using the practical details of everyday life to shed light on larger structural issues. Each chapter in this collection of ethnographic fiction could be considered a job manual. Yet not any typical job manual--to do justice to the ways details about jobs are conveyed in culturally specific ways, the authors adopt a range of voices and perspectives. One chapter is written as though it was a letter from an older sister counseling her brother on how to be a doctor in Malawi. Another is framed as a eulogy for a well-loved village magistrate in Papua New Guinea who may have been killed by sorcery. Beneath the novelty of the examples are some serious messages that Ilana Gershon highlights in her introduction. These ethnographies reveal the connection between work and culture, the impact of societal values on the conditions of employment. Readers will be surprised at how much they can learn about an entire culture by being given the chance to understand just one occupation. Contributors: Lovleen Bains, Mumbai; Chiwoza Bandawe, University of Malawi; Joshua A. Bell, Smithsonian Institution; Michelle Bigenho, Colgate University; Warren Chamberlain, Vita Needle Company, Massachusetts; Melissa Demian, Australian National University; Ilana Gershon, Indiana University; Kathryn Graber, Indiana University; Graham M. Jones, MIT; Amanda Kemble, University of Michigan; Briel Kobak, University of Chicago; Corinna Kruse, Linköping University, Sweden; Joel Kuipers, The George Washington University; Carrie Lane, California State University, Fullerton; Jean Lave, University of California, Berkeley; John Law, Open University; Heather Levi, Temple University; Marianne Elisabeth Lien, University of Oslo; Caitrin Lynch, Olin College; Loïc Marquet, Paris; Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Indiana University; Chris Swift, Leeds Teaching Hospitals; Claire Wendland, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Clare Wilkinson-Weber, Washington State University Vancouver; Helena Wulff, Stockholm University
Member of
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
331.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
GN448.5
LC item number
.W67 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Gershon, Ilana
  • Lave, Jean.
  • Wendland, Claire L
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Work
  • Occupations
  • Vocational guidance
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Occupations
  • Vocational guidance
  • Work
Label
A world of work : imagined manuals for real jobs, edited by Ilana Gershon ; afterword by Jean Lave
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How to be a doctor in Malawi / Claire Wendland and Chizowa Bandawe -- What you need to know to be a fish farmer in west Norway / Marianne Elisabeth Lien and John Law -- A magician in Paris / Graham Jones with Loïc Marquet -- Being a village court magistrate in Papua New Guinea / Melissa Demian -- The chaplain : a physician of the soul in a secular age / Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and Christopher Swift -- Being a crime scene technician in Sweden / Corinna Kruse -- Playing piano without a piano in Bolivia / Michelle Bigenho -- Making do in perpetual crisis : how to be a journalist in Buryatia / Kathryn Graber -- How to be a professional organizer in the United States / Carrie M. Lane -- How to design a film costume in India / Lovleen Bains and Clare Wilkinson -- Reflections from a life on the line / Caitrin Lynch and Warren Chamberlain -- How to be a cell phone repairperson / Amanda Kemble, Briel Kobak, Joshua A. Bell and Joel Kuipers -- How to be a professional wrestler in Mexico City / Heather Levi -- The pains and peaks of being a ballerina in London / Helena Wulff
Control code
916715325
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 233 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801456428
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
  • 10.7591/9780801456428
  • 40025127522
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt20dgn43
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)916715325
Label
A world of work : imagined manuals for real jobs, edited by Ilana Gershon ; afterword by Jean Lave
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How to be a doctor in Malawi / Claire Wendland and Chizowa Bandawe -- What you need to know to be a fish farmer in west Norway / Marianne Elisabeth Lien and John Law -- A magician in Paris / Graham Jones with Loïc Marquet -- Being a village court magistrate in Papua New Guinea / Melissa Demian -- The chaplain : a physician of the soul in a secular age / Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and Christopher Swift -- Being a crime scene technician in Sweden / Corinna Kruse -- Playing piano without a piano in Bolivia / Michelle Bigenho -- Making do in perpetual crisis : how to be a journalist in Buryatia / Kathryn Graber -- How to be a professional organizer in the United States / Carrie M. Lane -- How to design a film costume in India / Lovleen Bains and Clare Wilkinson -- Reflections from a life on the line / Caitrin Lynch and Warren Chamberlain -- How to be a cell phone repairperson / Amanda Kemble, Briel Kobak, Joshua A. Bell and Joel Kuipers -- How to be a professional wrestler in Mexico City / Heather Levi -- The pains and peaks of being a ballerina in London / Helena Wulff
Control code
916715325
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 233 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801456428
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
  • 10.7591/9780801456428
  • 40025127522
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt20dgn43
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)916715325

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