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Author Shell, Ellen Ruppel, 1952- author.

Title The job : work and its future in a time of radical change / Ellen Ruppel Shell.

Publication Info. New York : Currency, [2018]


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Edition First edition.
Description 406 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "In a brilliant but sobering work of journalism, Ellen Ruppel Shell takes a hard look at the forces that are reshaping the nature of work in America, overturning the often espoused mythology that retraining workers in software, engineering, and the sciences is the key to job security and career success, and achieving the middle-class dream in the future. In a wide-ranging narrative that takes us from a downsized marketing executive in Massachusetts, to a father of three in Appalachia finding purpose and meaning working in a convenience store chain, to an unemployed autoworker retraining in "advanced manufacturing," Shell reveals how work is essential to our flourishing and pyschological well-being--and how so many of the avenues to well-paid and meaningful work will be challenged in the years ahead. The future of work is not being faced openly. We live in a world where the rewards of employment are concentrated in the hands of the few. Today, the top 10 percent of wage earners in the U.S. bring home 9 times the income of the other 90 percent, and the top.01 percent earn 184 times as much. The economic gap between the few and the many is so vast, Shell says, that we might as well be members of a different species. Moreover, since the 1970s, real wages for most of us have stagnated, and with it our purchasing power. Half of all Americans earn less than $30,000 a year. And the paths to landing those good-paying jobs that secure our financial future are disappearing in the wake of automation and the rise of AI"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: A measure of our sanity -- Prologue: The unbroken -- Part I. Our national jobs disorder. Suffering less ; Coming out of the coffin ; Should robots pay taxes? ; Let them eat apps -- Part II. Choices. The passion paradox ; Habits of the heart -- Part III. Learning to labor. A child's work ; Mind the (skills) gap ; The thousand-mile stare ; When the spirit catches you -- Part IV. Thinking anew. The finnish line ; Abolish human rentals ; Punk makers ; Homo faber.
Subject Work -- Forecasting.
Labor -- United States -- Forecasting.
Labor -- Forecasting. (OCoLC)fst00989808
Work -- Forecasting. (OCoLC)fst01180192
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9780451497253 (hardback)
0451497252 (hardback)
9780451497260 (ebook)
Standard No. 15123385

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