How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

a book by Sarah Jaffe
Event • Seattle, WA

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Gabriel Winant’s new book, The Next Shift, examines the fall of industry and the rise of healthcare in Rust Belt America. Jason Smith’s new book, Smart Machines and Service Work, tracks the automation-induced transfer of workers into the service sector. Sarah Jaffe’s new book, Work Won’t Love You Back, explores how devotion to our jobs keeps us exhausted, exploited, and alone. If ever books were destined to talk to one another, it is these three, but we’re not magicians, so we’ve brought together the authors instead. And to guide this panoramic look at the fate of work in 21st Century America, we’ve added Priscilla Murolo, Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence and author of From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States Gabriel Winant, Sarah Jaffe, Jason Smith, Priscilla Murolo (mod)

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