Defining Craft: Hermeneutics and Economy
This chapter defines the concept of “craft” from both a philosophical and an institutional perspective. It will briefly survey the concept of craft from its early usage to more contemporary meanings, placing in context problems and issues that make craft an economic problem. Specifically, this chapter proposes a non-linear perspective on craft, focusing on the meaning-making relationship within human production, art, and concepts of skill and mastery. It then describes how craft has been defined by institutions, including the World Craft Council. The chapter concludes with a discussion of globalization, proposing why the evolution of global trends imposes a dynamic and ever-changing definition of craft.
KeywordsCraft economy Hermeneutics Institutions Globalization
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