Spring 2017 Books by Princeton University Press

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masters of craft old jobs in the new urban economy richard e ocejo how educated and culturally savvy young people are transforming traditionally lowstatus manual labor jobs into elite taste-making occupations “a wonderful contribution to the field masters of craft is an engaging and well-written addition to the emerging literature on aesthetic labor and the changing social meaning of jobs—particularly now in the postrecession era when many manual labor jobs have disappeared i truly enjoyed this book.” —yasemin besen-cassino author of consuming work youth labor in america in today’s new economy—in which “good” jobs are typically knowledge or technology based—many well-educated and culturally savvy young people are instead choosing to pursue traditionally low-status manual labor occupations as careers masters of craft looks at the renaissance of four such trades bartending distilling barbering and butchering in this in-depth and engaging book richard ocejo takes you into the lives and workplaces of these people to examine how they are transforming these once-undesirable jobs into “cool” and highly specialized upscale occupational niches—and in the process complicating our notions about upward and downward mobility through work he shows how they find meaning in these jobs by enacting a set of “cultural repertoires,” which include technical skills based on a renewed sense of craft and craftsmanship and an ability to understand and communicate that knowledge to others resulting in a new form of elite taste-making ocejo describes the paths people take to these jobs how they learn their chosen trades how they imbue their work practices with craftsmanship and how they teach a sense of taste to their consumers focusing on cocktail bartenders craft distillers upscale men’s barbers and whole-animal butcher shop workers in manhattan brooklyn and upstate new york masters of craft provides new insights into the stratification of taste gentrification and the evolving labor market in today’s postindustrial city richard e ocejo is associate professor of sociology at john jay college of criminal justice city university of new york his books include upscaling downtown from bowery saloons to cocktail bars in new york city princeton may 978-0-691-16549-3 cloth $29.95s 368 pages 15 halftones 6 x 9 sociology urban studies 46 academic trade