Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality (Hardback)
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Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 20/01/2022
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Examining some of the most unpleasant and morally dubious jobs of our time and the people who have to do them, Dirty Work is an eye-opening investigation into the hidden costs of inequality and how we as consumers contribute to it.

A compelling investigation into the phenomenon of dirty work - labour that society considers essential, but morally compromised.

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.

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.

Eyal Press reveals fundamental truths about the morality of work and the hidden costs of inequality. Striking, sophisticated and nuanced, Dirty Work will change the way you think about society.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781801107211
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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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

'Dirty Work 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

'A civilisation scrubbed to be shiny requires sweeping the moral filth under the rug, as Eyal Press shows, though brilliant reporting and exquisite writing' - New Statesman

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Kid Ferrous

“A timely and shocking work about shameful yet essential jobs”

There are certain professions that are defined as “dirty work”; employment that author Eyal Press describes as “low-status jobs of last resort”. In “Dirty Work”, he shines a visceral light on just a few of them,... More

Hardback edition
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“Eye opening and interesting”

Press talks us through various jobs that have to exist in order to keep the society we've created running, but ones that we find morally dubious. As a result, these roles are hidden from sight and are generally... More

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