Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich


nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

you can afford neither a visit to the doctor nor antibiotics. 'In the rhetorical buildup to welfare reform, it was uniformly assumed that a job was the ticket out of poverty and that the only thing holding back welfare recipients was their reluctance to get out and get one.' But if a living wage for one. There were lots of want ads for service jobs in this resort area. On to Maine and scrubbing floors. In the ten months, Shephard was able to land a job which paid well enough to buy a pickup truck and rent his own apartment. Ehrenreich, who has a dozen books behind her dealing with the social and political hallmarks of our economic system, has here, with 'Nickel and Dimed followed in an honored journalistic tradition and written a valuable and illuminating book. Even the liberal Economics Policy Institute states a living wage is 130 percent of the poverty standard. Paul area, where the 'living wage' for a single parent and one child was calculated to.77 an hour, Ehrenreich has a job at Wal-Mart paying 7 an hour. She portrays her life undercover working as a waitress and is accompanied by a musical rendition titled "Nickeled and Dimed". The events related in the book took place between spring 1998 and summer 2000. Foremost, Ehrenreich attacks the notion that low-wage jobs require only unskilled labor.

Written from her perspective as an undercover journalist, it sets out. Nickel and Dimed has 164160 ratings and 6008 reviews. Carrie said: Dear Barbara Eh renreich, How do I resent thee? Let me count the ways:1. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Barbara Ehrenreich.

Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich

With such a schedule she could not, of course, keep her decent housing so far from town. In this city, as in the other two, finding affordable housing was a major problem. The author concludes that someday, low-wage workers will rise up and demand to be treated fairly, and when that day comes everyone will be better off. Constant and repeated movement creates a risk of repetitive stress injury ; pain must often be worked through to hold a job in a market with constant turnover; and the days are filled with degrading and uninteresting tasks (e.g. Like many of the poor, Ehrenreich is reduced to an overpriced motel, more like a flophouse in terms of cleanliness and safety. She argues that 'help needed' signs do not necessarily indicate a job opening; more often their purpose is to sustain a pool of applicants in fields that have notorious rapid turnover of employees. 1 " "Nickel and Dimed" has been criticized by right wing author Michael Tremoglie: "According to the Commerce Department the poverty rate for a single person younger than 65 in 1999 was 8,700 per year. Are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) getting By in America.


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