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Essential Jobs and their Hidden Toll of Inequality
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<h2>A compelling investigation into the phenomenon of dirty work – labour that society considers essential, but morally compromised.</h2><p><b>'This book will prompt a public reckoning with inequality in work by revealing how we are all implicated in the dirty work we outsource to others'</b> Michael J. Sandel</p><p><b>'A scathing and thoughtful book about labor and principles – or, rather about when the former sabotages the latter, in the brutal industries that prop up American life'</b> Rebecca Solnit</p><p><b>'This deeply reported and eloquently argued account is a must-read'</b> <i>Publishers Weekly</i></p><p><b>'A writer in the tradition of George Orwell and Martha Gellhorn, who asks us to look at the dirty work that men and women do in our name'</b> Corey Robin</p><p><b>'Confronts a series of deep and vexing moral questions ... Penetrating, astutely observed, beautifully written'</b> Patrick Radden Keefe</p><p>Guards who patrol the wards of America's most violent and abusive prisons. Undocumented immigrants who man the 'kill floors' of industrial slaughterhouses. Roustabouts who drill for oil on offshore rigs. And drone operators who kill people from thousands of miles away.</p><p>These are the essential workers we prefer not to think about. Their morally dubious, often physically violent and dangerous activity sustains modern society yet is concealed from our gaze. It is work that falls disproportionately in deprived areas, on immigrants and people of colour, and entails a less familiar set of occupational hazards – stigma, shame and moral injury.</p><p>Eyal Press reveals fundamental truths about the morality of work and the hidden costs of inequality. Striking, sophisticated and nuanced, <i>Dirty Work</i> will change the way you think about society.</p>

ISBN
9781801107228
Imprint
Apollo
Category
Non Fiction
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Pages
320
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<p>A report from the front lines of 'dirty work' in the United States – labour that society considers essential, but morally compromised.</p>

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'In this richly reported, disquieting book, Eyal Press highlights the stigmatizing, morally injurious work we ask some of the least advantaged members of society to perform in our name. Prison guards, slaughterhouse workers, and drone operators who carry out high-tech killings perform society's 'dirty work' out of public view. This book will prompt a public reckoning with inequality in work by revealing how we are all implicated in the dirty work we outsource to others'

Michael J. Sandel

'Makes no easy judgments, but instead confronts a series of deep and vexing moral questions, and exposes the bonds of complicity that make this not just someone else's story – but one which implicates us all. A masterful, important book'

Patrick Radden Keefe

'This is a scathing and thoughtful book about labor and principles – or, rather about when the former sabotages the latter, in the brutal industries that prop up American life ... Though the moral injury impacts the workers first, it belongs to us all. Eyal Press brings this home in a series of powerful portraits of workers'

Rebecca Solnit

'We want our conscience clean, and our budgets balanced. Enter Eyal Press, a writer in the tradition of George Orwell and Martha Gellhorn, who asks us to look at the dirty work that men and women do in our name'

Corey Robin

'This deeply reported and eloquently argued account is a must-read'

Publishers Weekly

'Essential reading for those interested in social justice issues'

Library Journal

'Readers will be intrigued by the in-depth tales of the world of dirty work'

Booklist

'[A] disturbing and necessary new book ... It's a testament to [Press's] insight and vision that in spite of the ugliness to which he exposes us on almost every page, he still makes us want to set aside cynicism and pessimism and join him in finding ways to strengthen the moral bonds between us, however flawed we might be'

New York Times

'A provocative book that will make readers more aware of terrible things done in their names'

Kirkus Reviews

'<i>Dirty Work</i> is about weighty moral questions, but it's also about people, profiling dozens of workers and empathetically engaging with their crises of conscience [...] A rigorously argued, compassionately framed moral appeal that for some readers might serve as a wake-up call'

Shelf Awareness

'Extraordinary ... As exposés go, this one reaches beyond standard journalistic fare'

Nancy Isenberg

Editions
ISBN
9781801107211
Format
Hardback
Title
Dirty Work
ISBN
9781801107228
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Trade Paperback
Title
Dirty Work
ISBN
9781801107259
Format
eBook
Title
Dirty Work
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<p>The book gathers individual testimonies from 'dirty workers' in the US, but also addresses wider themes of inequality and morality that are relevant throughout the global economy.</p>

<p>The pandemic has focused attention on 'essential workers' and the physical and psychological burdens they carry for the rest of society.</p>

<p>Press writes for publications such as the <i>New Yorker</i>, <i>New York Times</i>, <i>London Review of Books</i>, and the <i>Nation</i>, and is available for speaking engagements via the Lavin Agency.</p>

<p>MARKET: Barbara Ehrenreich; <i>Nickel and Dimed</i>; George Packer; <i>The Unwinding</i>; <i>The New Jim Crow</i>; <i>Hired</i>.</p>

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