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Work Won’t Love You Back

Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone. How work makes our lives precarious

With Sarah Jaffe, Francesca Coin

23 September 2022    15:30 - 17:00

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo – Teatro

Via San Carlo 5
Modena, 41121 Italia


Do what you love, and you will not work a single day in your life: for decades this slogan has induced us to devote larger and larger parts of our existence to work in the hope that our dream job will make our lives fulfilling.

At a time in history when work is plagued by precariousness and low wages, little freedom of expression and increasingly stringent forms of control, it seems clear that the love of work is not enough to rescue our lives. On the contrary, it leaves them exhausted, exploited and lonely. What is wrong with work today?

Francesca Coin discusses this with Sarah Jaffe, author of the successful book Work Won’t Love You Back (Hurst, 2021). For Jaffe, “the biggest hoax of capital has been convincing us that work is our greatest love.” “Liberating love from labor,” however, “is the key to rebuilding the world.”

This event stems from a collaboration between DIG and DHIALOGUE, a project on Digital Humanities organized by Unimore – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The event is part of the schedule of the first edition of SUMMER DHIALOGUES, many appointments with personalities from the world of culture, art, research and journalism. For more information go to dhialogue.it.

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Francesca Coin

DIG Board, Sociologist

Francesca Coin, sociologist. She deals with work and inequalities. She has taught at several universities in Italy and abroad, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. She has a PhD from Georgia State University, USA, where she lived…

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Sarah Jaffe

Giornalista e autrice

Sarah Jaffe is the author of Work Won’t Love You Back. How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone, and of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, both from Bold Type Books. She is a Type Media Center…

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