Shadow Work

Shadow Work

The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill your Day

eBook - 2015
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With the exception of sleep, humans spend more of their lifetimes on work than any other activity. It is central to our economy, society, and the family. It underpins our finances and our sense of meaning in life. Given the overriding importance of work, we need to recognize a profound transformation in the nature of work that is significantly altering lives: the incoming tidal wave of shadow work. Shadow work includes all the unpaid tasks we do on behalf of businesses and organizations. It has slipped into our routines stealthily; most of us do not realize how much of it we are already doing, even as we pump our own gas, scan and bag our own groceries, execute our own stock trades, and build our own unassembled furniture. But its presence is unmistakable, and its effects far-reaching. Fueled by the twin forces of technology and skyrocketing personnel costs, shadow work has taken a foothold in our society. Lambert terms its prevalence as 'middle-class serfdom, ' and examines its sources in the invasion of robotics, the democratization of expertise, and new demands on individuals at all levels of society. The end result? A more personalized form of consumption, a great social leveling (pedigrees don't help with shadow work! ), and the weakening of communities as robotics reduce daily human interaction. Shadow Work offers a field guide to this new phenomenon. It shines a light on these trends now so prevalent in our daily lives and, more importantly, offers valuable insight into how to counter their effects. It will be essential reading to anyone seeking to understand how their day got so full-and how to deal with the ubiquitous shadow work that surrounds them.
Publisher: [United States] : Counterpoint : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
ISBN: 1619026392
9781619026391
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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douglasulrich
Nov 15, 2016

This book's stated purpose is to identify for the reader various work that has been pushed toward consumers over the years where previously workers would perform the actions.

[Think cleaning your own table at a restaurant, pumping your own gas, doing your own taxes, investing your own 401k, and the like.]

The author is able to keep from passing judgment on these movements to shadow work and keeps to his purpose of bringing to light these cases of shadow work so that the reader know about them. The reader can then self-examine and make decisions on what work they are willing to take upon themselves, for convenience/savings, or what work they would push back toward the marketplace.

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