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Pa r t I I While each of the chapters in part I focused on one occupation, the four chapters in part II all provide a cross-occupational analysis based on a common theme. My aim is to show how workers from across these different occupational communities interpret various aspects of their industries, jobs, and everyday work lives through their words and behaviors, and explain why these meanings are important for understanding work today. I examine all four occupations in each chapter except chapter 7, which focuses on serving consumers and omits craft distillers, who do not engage in service. I organize part II to discuss who gets these unique jobs and how they get them, what they do in them, and how they keep and excel in them. The chapters cover four unique themes. First, I show the paths workers take to pursuing these typically low-status jobs as careers without experiencing them as downward social mobility. The following two chapters examine the cultural repertoires these workers enact—namely, the role their sense of craft plays in their work practices and how they have come to interpret some aspects of these practices as creative, and the set of service work practices they engage in to teach their omnivorous tastes to consumers. Finally, I analyze how they become socialized into performing these cultural repertoires in their occupational communities with confidence—and how and why some people are not able to do so. While my theoretical goal in these chapters is to synthesize the behavioral explanations for these disparate empirical cases, I also point out examples of divergence and variation. ...


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