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Dirty work : essential jobs and the hidden toll of inequality in America / Eyal Press.

Press, Eyal, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District. (Show)

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Summary:

"Drone pilots who carry out targeted assassinations. Undocumented immigrants who man the "kill floors" of industrial slaughterhouses. Guards who patrol the wards of the United States' most violent and abusive prisons. In Dirty Work, Eyal Press offers a paradigm-shifting view of the moral landscape of contemporary America through the stories of people who perform society's most ethically troubling jobs. As Press shows, we are increasingly shielded and distanced from an array of morally questionable activities that other, less privileged people perform in our name. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn unprecedented attention to essential workers, and to the health and safety risks to which workers in prisons and slaughterhouses are exposed. But Dirty Work examines a less familiar set of occupational hazards: psychological and emotional hardships such as stigma, shame, PTSD, and moral injury. These burdens fall disproportionately on low-income workers, undocumented immigrants, women, and people of color. Illuminating the moving, sometimes harrowing stories of the people doing society's dirty work, and incisively examining the structures of power and complicity that shape their lives, Press reveals fundamental truths about the moral dimensions of work and the hidden costs of inequality in America."
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Hood River County Library 331.7 PRE 2021 (Text) 33892100750364 Adult New Books Book None 08/30/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374140182
  • ISBN: 0374140189
  • Physical Description: 303 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 271-303).
Formatted Contents Note:
Behind the walls -- Dual loyalties -- The other prisoners -- civilized punishment -- Behind the screens -- joystick warriors -- The other 1 percent -- On the kill floors -- Shadow people -- "Essential workers" -- The metabolism of the modern world -- Dirty energy -- Dirty tech.
Summary, etc.:
"Drone pilots who carry out targeted assassinations. Undocumented immigrants who man the "kill floors" of industrial slaughterhouses. Guards who patrol the wards of the United States' most violent and abusive prisons. In Dirty Work, Eyal Press offers a paradigm-shifting view of the moral landscape of contemporary America through the stories of people who perform society's most ethically troubling jobs. As Press shows, we are increasingly shielded and distanced from an array of morally questionable activities that other, less privileged people perform in our name. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn unprecedented attention to essential workers, and to the health and safety risks to which workers in prisons and slaughterhouses are exposed. But Dirty Work examines a less familiar set of occupational hazards: psychological and emotional hardships such as stigma, shame, PTSD, and moral injury. These burdens fall disproportionately on low-income workers, undocumented immigrants, women, and people of color. Illuminating the moving, sometimes harrowing stories of the people doing society's dirty work, and incisively examining the structures of power and complicity that shape their lives, Press reveals fundamental truths about the moral dimensions of work and the hidden costs of inequality in America." -- dust jacket.
Subject: Equality > United States.
Occupations > United States.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Equality.
Occupations.
United States.

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