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Many studies have concluded that the effects of early industrialization on traditional craftsworkers were largely negative. Robert B. Kristofferson demonstrates, however, that in at least one area this was not the case. Craft Capitalism focuses on Hamilton, Ontario, demonstrating how the preservation of traditional work arrangements, craft mobility networks, and other aspects of craft culture ensured that craftworkers in that city enjoyed an essentially positive introduction to industrial capitalism.
Kristofferson argues that as former craftsworkers themselves, the majority of the city's industrial proprietors helped younger craftsworkers achieve independence. Conflict rooted in capitalist class experience, while present, was not yet dominant. Furthermore, he argues, while craftsworkers' experience of the change was more informed by the residual cultures of craft than by the emergent logic of capitalism, craft culture in Hamilton was not retrogressive. Rather, this situation served as a center of social creation in ways that built on the positive aspects of both systems.
Based on extensive archival research, this controversial and engaging study makes an important contribution to the study of industrialization and class formation in Canada.
|List of Tables||p. vii|
|Introduction: Artisans, Crafts workers, and Social Relations of Craft-Based Industrialization||p. 3|
|The Structure of Hamilton's Early Industrialization: Continuity and Change||p. 20|
|Personal Structures: Craftsworkers and Industrial Proprietors by 1871||p. 59|
|Craft Mobility and Artisan-Led Industrialization: Continuity in Symbol and Practice||p. 76|
|A Culture in Continuity: Master-Man Mutualism in Hamilton, Ontario, during Early Industrialization||p. 111|
|The 'Self-Made Craftsworker': Transmodalism, Self-Identification, and the Foundations of Emergent Culture||p. 137|
|The 'Self-Improving Craftsworker': Dimensions of Transmodal Culture in Ideology and Practice||p. 160|
|Transmodal Culture in Apogee: 1872 Revisited||p. 201|
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Series: Canadian Social History
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: UNIV OF TORONTO PR
Dimensions (cm): 21.387 x 14.199 x 1.956
Weight (kg): 0.449