Against the Grain

Coerced Work

What do college athletes, prison laborers, welfare recipients, and graduate students in the sciences have in common? According to sociologist Erin Hatton, they’re all workers who face a particular form of coercion. She discusses what these workers’ circumstances tell us about work under contemporary capitalism. She’ll also consider the situation of prisoners pressured into dangerous work during the coronavirus pandemic.


Erin Hatton, Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment UC Press, 2020


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