• It means that if you make bowls, tools, suits ... you are in a factory where the boss runs the methods of production and not in your small workshop where you are in charge of production and workplace safety. So, maybe you'll have to collectively bargain with your boss about what is an "acceptable" injury rate at work, wheras the shop owner determines how much to expend to mitigate the risk of personal injury.
  • "Arts and crafts also refers to the Arts and Crafts movement, a late 19th century design reform and social movement. Its proponents were motivated by the ideals of William Morris and John Ruskin, who proposed that in pre-industrial societies, such as the European Middle Ages, people had achieved fulfillment through the creative process of handicrafts. This was held up in contrast to what was perceived to be the alienating effects of industrial labour." Source and further information: Widespread ways of fighting alienation have been mass movements such as communism or national socialism.
  • I read it to mean that as less people use their own personal creativity in handicrafts the frustration level rises due to the expectation of conformity of mass production. An individual's self expression suffers when social standards become more constrictive.
  • I would say that it means that you can't really have fashion victims in a pre-mass production/mass-market society. . Actually you can. However once you get the mass- thing going there's so much more to buy and so many more ways to keep up with the Joneses.

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