Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change
In a brilliant but sobering work of investigative reporting, Ellen Ruppel Shell takes a hard look at the forces that are reshaping the nature of work, 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 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-beingand how so many of the avenues to well-paid and meaningful work will be challenged in the years ahead.
Ellen Ruppel Shell is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a correspondent for The Atlantic. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Smithsonian, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, O, and Discover. She is currently a contributor to Scientific American, and to The Washington Post book page. She is the author of Cheap and The Hungry Gene. She lives in the Boston metropolitan area.
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