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Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Kindle Edition
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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 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.
Editors' pick: Sarah Jaffe offers an astute cautionary tale that warns that “doing what you love” can lead to you being exploited and drained. "—Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
"A stunning critique of capitalism, a collective conversation on the meaning of life and work, and a discerning contribution to the demands of the future society everyone deserves."-- "Jane McAlevey, author of A Collective Bargain"
"An extremely timely analysis of how we arrived at these brutal inequalities and of some of the ways in which a deliberately atomised workforce is beginning to organize to challenge them."-- "The Guardian (London)"
"By pulling apart the myth that work is love, Jaffe shows us that we can reimagine futures built on care, rather than exploitation."-- "Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author"
"Jaffe is clear-eyed about all the ways employers exploit workers' goodwill, but...she has also seen how workers use love to their advantage in organizing."-- "New Republic"
"Jaffe's committed, on-the-ground engagement, historical range, and ferocious gathering of revolutionary thought combines to create something genuine and profound."-- "Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox"
"Jaffe's exhaustive research, expressed in crisp and lucid sentences, is served well by her high-quality narration."-- "AudioFile" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B087C44LV6
- Publisher : Bold Type Books (January 26, 2021)
- Publication date : January 26, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2037 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 433 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #284,724 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2022
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What the book didn't do is demonstrate that work doesn't love you back. It told the story of 10 to 15 people who were not fulfilled or happy in life and blamed work and capitalism for this. I think you could have just as easily found 10 to 15 people who were fulfilled or happy and said work was responsible for this. To me, this was much more of a correlation for these people than a causality. The cause could be a number of things from too much social media, politics being too divisive (like this book) to too much video gaming. I don't think it proved the point that work was the cause here. Personally, while I found work was hard at times, it pushed me into being a much better person. I learned how to deal with my introversion, I learned how to lead people, I learned how to listen better, and I learned how to be a better team player.
Finally, the concluding chapter was weak. It pushed we should all work less and love more. I agree about loving more but I felt the book overlooked the fact that somebody needs to get the food, somebody needs to distribute it, somebody needs to learn to be a doctor, someone needs to fix the cars, someone needs to make the movies we all watch on Netflix. It's not feasible that we don't work and have all the things we want into today's life for free.
Sure, neoliberal capitalism created a greater framework of exploitation and selling the lower classes a load of pixie dust that smells like it came from the back end of an animal. I guess I am still missing the point. Coming together to create change? Yes. Unions? They make money too.
With money comes power and with power comes responsibility. Seems like the responsibility is missing these days. It is hard to change things for the greater good with every issue creating division and serving individual agendas. Human greed and selfishness is taking precedence over decency and service and contribution.
Good job publishers or Author ( whomever) in being deceptive with the title. This should be titled " Let's all be socialists and here are workers who will tell you why. ". This is a series of sob stories that collectively try and disparage capitalism and promote socialism. I highlighted and commented like never before. This is really terrible. I would rather read the ra ra chicken soup book Heart at work than this garbage.
Many of my personal experiences with work were similar but I worked through the tough stuff and enjoyed the ultimate benefits. Whining, like in this book, is stupid and pointless.
This review is not worth any more of your or my time
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The book fails miserably though in its socio economic analysis of the world today. Capitalism, and in particular 'neo-liberarism' is to blame for everything that has gone wrong and to me the reality is much more nuanced and complex than the author's simple narrative that capitalism is 'evil'.
For a more mature analysis of the world of work today I suggest Richard's Sennet the corrosion of character:
For a sociological view of the world of corporate managers I'd suggest Robert Jackall's the moral maze:
And for a far more elaborate view of socio economic changes in the last 500 years, Charles Mann 1493
This book feels like a collection of woke hit-piece essays stitched together.
There is literally no connection from one chapter to the next. It’s just a stream of consciousness about each sector of work. Neither offering any helpful tips nor offering a solution to the situation.
It is excruciatingly slow moving, depressing and awfully dull and offers nothing new.
One thing is clear, the author hates men, especially white men!