Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (Compact Disc)

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Jaffe has written a book that traces our contemporary discounts of work to their modern foundations. SPOILER ALERT: Workers have been fighting for over 100 years, organizing around the same issues that boil down to how one creates a life of dignity while being a worker. Jaffe looks at how the consuming task of work has muscled its way into our lives by greatly appealing to our ingrained human tendency to create a life of meaning. This is engaging read is a deep criticism of "after all, if love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." Because, let's be honest, work is work whether it's based on your morals, your passions, your talents, or it is not. 

— Danni


A deeply-reported examination of why doing what you love is a recipe for exploitation, creating a new tyranny of work in which we cheerily acquiesce to doing jobs that take over our lives.

You're told that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. Whether it's working for exposure and experience, or enduring poor treatment in the name of being part of the family, all employees are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being able to do what we love.

In Work Won't Love You Back, Sarah Jaffe, a preeminent voice on labor, inequality, and social movements, examines this labor of love myth -- the idea that certain work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion instead of pay. Told through the lives and experiences of workers in various industries -- from the unpaid intern, to the overworked teacher, to the nonprofit worker and even the professional athlete -- Jaffe reveals how all of us have been tricked into buying into a new tyranny of work.

As Jaffe argues, understanding the trap of the labor of love will empower us to work less and demand what our work is worth. And once freed from those binds, we can finally figure out what actually gives us joy, pleasure, and satisfaction.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549162787
ISBN-10: 1549162780
Publisher: Bold Type Books
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Language: English