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Craft production as an alternative to the precarious work

Grant number: 14/10215-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2014
Effective date (End): September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Administration
Principal researcher:Valquíria Padilha
Grantee:Felipe Yuri Tavares
Home Institution: Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade de Ribeirão Preto (FEARP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


This project, which is part of a theoretical framework that links concepts of the sociology of work and the craftsman's savoir-faire, aims to investigate what are the peculiar characteristics of the craftwork and identify indicators that differentiate them from the industrial work. In this research, we are going to start from the premise that the casualization of the labor force into the capitalist structure occurs, as shown by several studies, because the worker is immersed in a universe whose values and management principles lead to physical and mental exhaustion. In this case, the craftwork emerges as one of the possible alternatives that promote healthier working condition. To confirm or refute this premise, we are going to analyze two categories of craftsmen living in Brazil - the luthier and glassmaker. From the contact with these master craftsmen, that will be conducted through interviews and critical dialogues with key concepts of the sociology of work, will be possible to conclude if the craftsmen supported by the peculiarities of artisanal savoir-faire, are fully or partially exempt from the precarious work inserted into the capitalist system.

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