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The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable - The Atlantic
The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a means of material production to a means of identity production. They failed to anticipate that, for the poor and middle class, work would remain a necessity; but for the college-educated elite, it would morph into a kind of religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community. Call it workism.
USA  work  labour  hours  overwork  Keynes  DWYL  identity  passion  religion  healthcare  employment  millennials  debt  students  socialMedia  pay  wages  competition  welfare  freeTime  economics 
february 2019 by petej
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
Those expectations encapsulate the millennial rearing project, in which students internalize the need to find employment that reflects well on their parents (steady, decently paying, recognizable as a “good job”) that’s also impressive to their peers (at a “cool” company) and fulfills what they’ve been told has been the end goal of all of this childhood optimization: doing work that you’re passionate about.
millennials  mentalHealth  stress  burnout  work  overwork  insecurity  instability  money  debt  precarity  education  parenting  DWYL  passion  jobs  employment  socialMedia  Instagram  identity  performance  branding  exploitation  acquiescence  women  culture  politics  lateCapitalism 
january 2019 by petej
Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.
"DWYL is a secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace."
dwyl  dowhatyoulove  slate  2014  love  do  canonical 
november 2017 by handcoding
A Q&A with Miya Tokumitsu | Vitae
You look at the people who have made it onto the tenure track. They're great. They deserve it. I wouldn't begrudge them their position. But, what the notion of meritocracy does, in some people, is create a sense of validation that depends on them believing absolutely in the structures that delivered them this job. Therefore, everyone else who wasn't able to succeed in that system is a personal failure.

My biggest overarching issue with DWYL is that … it is all about the individual. If you can just solve the problem of what makes you happy, then everything will be fixed. This is particularly dangerous in academia because academic work, by its nature, can be isolating.

There's an employment structure that's already atomizing, which presents a challenge to solidarity, to reaching out, and to saying "Hey, your struggle is my struggle. Let's team up."

People think academia is a liberal and lefty space, but it is very individualistic and almost libertarian. Academia is a natural space for DWYL to flourish. When you see people dumping on adjuncts, in addition to the dark side of the meritocracy, it is anti-solidarity.

What I saw was that hope is really a powerful force that keeps people working for low wages. I … The veneer of meritocracy requires that they be passionate about work, that money isn't the reason for doing it, and that they project affability and eagerness, which is exhausting.

The parallels between the labor system and the academic job market are quite clear. Academia is often presented as a complete meritocracy. If you do the work, publish in the right journals, and get the right credentials, then you'll come out a winner. So many people believe this, … [and] think they are entering a career path that is not "a real job." In a regular job, your boss tells you what to do, but in academia, it is your own ideas [that drive you].

That's an appealing picture of work. There are people who are willing to sacrifice a lot for a long time to have a chance at that. That's why hope labor is prevalent in academia.
dwyl  tokumitsu 
march 2016 by s218611

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