Work Won't Love You Back

Work Won't Love You Back

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

Book - 2021
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"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 nurse, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Bold Type Books,, 2021
Edition: First edition
Description: v, 420 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781568589398
Branch Call Number: 331.2 Jaf


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DPLjosie May 19, 2021

Informative, though sometimes a little dense for my reading style. Chapters swing between a personal story of someone in a particular field, and a deep dive into that segment of the workforce.
Jaffe's closing quote seems worth repeating here. "What I believe, and want you to believe, too, is that love is too big and beautiful and grand and messy and human a thing to be wasted on the temporary fact of life like work."

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