Book Talk--Erin Hatton presents Coerced: Work under Threat of Punishment | Newberry

Book Talk--Erin Hatton presents Coerced: Work under Threat of Punishment

Saturday, October 9, 2021

10 am-12:30 pm CDT

Rettinger Hall, in person at the Newberry

Labor History Seminar

Coerced: Work under Threat of Punishment, by Erin Hatton, SUNY-Buffalo

From the publisher:

“What do prisoner laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes have in common? According to sociologist Erin Hatton, they are all part of a growing workforce of coerced laborers.

Coerced explores this world of coerced labor through an unexpected and compelling comparison of these four groups of workers, for whom a different definition of “employment” reigns supreme—one where workplace protections do not apply and employers wield expansive punitive power, far beyond the ability to hire and fire. Because such arrangements are common across the economy, Hatton argues that coercion—as well as precarity—is a defining feature of work in America today.

Theoretically forceful yet vivid and gripping to read, Coerced compels the reader to reevaluate contemporary dynamics of work, pushing beyond concepts like “career” and “gig work.” Through this bold analysis, Hatton offers a trenchant window into this world of work from the perspective of those who toil within it—and who are developing the tools needed to push back against it.”

Respondents: Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Stephanie Seawell Fortado, and Jeff Schuhrke

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated chapter extract, click here. Please do not request the extract unless you plan to attend.