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Work won't love you back : how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted, and alone / Sarah Jaffe.

Jaffe, Sarah, 1980- (author.).

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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.
Subject: Quality of work life.
Job satisfaction.
Work-life balance.
Work > Psychological aspects.
Labor.

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Work Won't Love You Back : How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone
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Jaffe is an independent journalist who examines the myth of the "labor of love." Through extensive research and interviews, she supports her narrative with real-life stories of those who are told to be grateful for work and reminded that hundreds are in line for the opportunity to do so. Jaffe presents her ideas in two parts: "What We Might Call Love" and "Enjoy What You Do!" In part one, she focuses on domestic work, teaching, retail, and not-for-profit sectors. In part two, she talks about self-employment, internships, academia, technology, and sports sectors. In delving into academia, Jaffe notes that adjunct professors don't get paid for hours preparing lessons and grading, whereas employees do. While adjunct professors may be doing what they love, they are exploited by a system that won't recognize their value. This, she notes, is true of any profession, notably ones where people are unpaid, like interns. Jaffe peels back layers of laboring for love so that the reader can see the trap and be empowered to demand their worth. This book will appeal to general audiences looking for career guidance.

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The notion that people should love what they do leaves workers dissatisfied and vulnerable to exploitation, according to this alarming study of modern-day employment trends. Devoting each chapter to a different job, journalist Jaffe (Necessary Trouble) provides historical context and speaks to professionals about their pay, job security, and work-life balance. She examines neoliberal economic policies that led to manufacturing layoffs in the 1970s, tracks a Long Island woman's shift from customer service to labor activism after she lost her job of 29 years at Toys R Us, and discusses how "the internship... naturalizes lousy--and gendered--working conditions." Through the lens of a Caribbean nanny's experiences working in New York City, Jaffe explores the racial history of domestic work, contending that practices begun during the Reconstruction era inform people's lives and job prospects today. Jaffe is an expert researcher and a witty narrator, but some of her history lessons seem needlessly in-depth (a chapter on adjunct professors chronicles the evolution of the university from 11th-century Italy to today), and she offers few practical solutions. Still, this is a noteworthy and persuasive call for returning to a more pragmatic view of work. Agent: Lydia Wills, Lydia Wills LLC (Jan.)

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 1568589395
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In this latest work, journalist Jaffe (Necessary Trouble) offers a searing indictment of the way employers leverage the language of love to undermine workers' ability to organize for better working conditions. Focusing on the carework and creative sectors broadly construed, Jaffe explores how, over the last half century, workers have fought for more authenticity in the workplace only to be faced with "demands to love their jobs," often at the expense of nonwork life. Each of the book's ten thematic chapters focuses on a specific type of care or creative work--such as childcare, customer service, teaching, professional sports, video game development--through the lives of individual workers, often those who have politicized their experiences and organized for change. The first five chapters focus on domestic labor and carework: the unpaid and underpaid jobs that "make all other work possible." The second half of the book considers how getting paid to "do what you love" in creative and knowledge sectors is often a recipe for exploitation. VERDICT As many of us rethink the power dynamics that shape our jobs and workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaffe's passionate call to reimagine our relationships with work and one another, and imagine new possibilities, is indispensable reading.--Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook, Massachusetts Historical Soc., Boston


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