Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture (Monash Studies in Australian Society) (Paperback)
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"Smart, relevant and witty. Part page-turning narrative, part provocative argument, this is cultural criticism at its best." - Jeff Sparrow 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 vocation, in ways we haven't seen since pre-industrial times. Practices of repair, crafting, invention, building and improvising that take place in Australia's sheds, backyards, paddocks, kitchens and home-workshops are becoming a vital part of our informal economy and social cohesion, complicating distinctions between work and leisure, amateur and professional, production and consumption. 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 scholarship, social connection, psychological sanctuary and political activism. Equal parts field guide and love letter, Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture mounts a surprising case for the profound value of domestic tinkering in contemporary Australia. (Series: Monash Studies in Australian Society) [Subject: Sociology, DIY Culture]