From Grout to Grip: Intentionality and the Freedom to Gain a Feel for the WorkAdministration and Society (2013)
This article explores the different understandings of intentionality as applied to the San Francisco cable car transportation employees. We argue that part of doing work requires a person to act and choose, meaning foreclosing on some possibilities while attending to others as an intentional expression of freedom. We draw a parallel between cable car operators and public administrators and suggest that each has to do more than just learn a set of skills traditionally depicted as knowledge acquisition. They must also become skillful by developing a feel for the work and a greater appreciation for the meaning of their craft.
Publication DateJune 24, 2013
Citation InformationNicholas C. Zingale. "From Grout to Grip: Intentionality and the Freedom to Gain a Feel for the Work" Administration and Society Vol. doi: 10.1177/0095399713490154 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nicholas_zingale/11/