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

a book by Sarah Jaffe
Event • Boston

“The Labor of Love and the Future of Work” Sarah Jaffe

I spoke to UMass Boston’s Applied Ethics Center on the future of work:

On March 8, 2023 Sarah Jaffe spoke for the IEET/AEC Future of Work series on the ways capitalism obscures alienation with an ideology of work as family or essential to a fulfilling life. Many conversations about the “future of work” treat work, or jobs, as something that human beings inherently want to do, or need to provide meaning in their lives. Yet that idea itself is a relatively recent development over the course of the history of capitalism, and provides a reminder that things can change, and change quickly. By tracing the history of the idea that we should love our jobs, and how this idea took over the modern workplace, we can get a clearer picture of what we should be thinking about when we talk about the future, what priorities might be across multiple sectors, and why the future depends on the struggles workers are making right now, in and outside of the job site. Sarah Jaffe is an American journalist, author, and political commentator. She is known for her reporting on labor issues, social movements, and politics. Jaffee has written for a variety of publications, including The New Republic, The Nation, and The Guardian, and she has also appeared as a commentator on various news programs. Jaffe is the author of two books, “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt” and “Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone.”