Nickel and dimed is an eye opening book about the plight of the working poor in our country barbara ehrenreich, a writer with a phd goes undercover as a minimum wage worker in maine, florida, and even minneapolis. 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. Nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way america perceives its working poor. Barbara ehrenreich is the author of nickel and dimed, blood rites, the worst years of our lives (a new york times bestseller), fear of falling, which was nominated for a national book critics circle award, and several other books. In her widely disseminated book nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america, barbara ehrenreich2 set out to describe the plight of women working at low-wage jobs it is important to point out that ehrenreich's report was journalistic, not a research report.
Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of life in low-wage america—the story of barbara ehrenreich's attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and wal-mart associate—has become an essential part of the nation's political discourse. We have barbara ehrenreich to thank for bringing us the news of america's working poor so clearly and directly, and conveying with it a deep moral outrage and a finely textured sense of lives as lived. Cyclical issues of poverty and living finding a place to live costs money, but the only way to get a job and earn that money is with a permanent address ehrenreich's establishment of ethos. Then, ehrenreich writes, her book was an illustration that despite the relative good times plenty of americans on minimum wage were still living in run-down motels, eating when and what they could.
Nickel and dimed reveals how-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity--a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival read it for the smoldering clarity of ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how prosperity looks from the bottom. By barbara ehrenreich new york: holt metropolitan books, 2001 224 pp hardback paperback edition, 2002 taking the down escalator a review essay by linda b brebner a few years ago, if i had read barbara ehrenreich's nickel and dimed, i would have been impressed because it was a powerful statement on the need for doing justice. In nickel and dimed, barbara ehrenreich shares her experiences trying to make a living as a minimum-wage worker ehrenreich attempts to prove that the standard minimum wage is not a living wage. When someone works for less pay than she can live on — when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently — then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life.
Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america is a book written by barbara ehrenreich written from her perspective as an undercover journalist, it sets out to investigate the impact of the 1996 welfare reform act on the working poor in the united states the events related in the book took place between spring 1998 and summer 2000. Barbara ehrenreich (/ ˈ ɛər ən r aɪ k / born august 26, 1941) is an american author and political activist who describes herself as a myth buster by trade and has been called a veteran muckraker by the new yorker. Nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity--a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way america perceives its working poor. Ehrenreich tries, though, to present to her readers, presumably the privileged middle class, the life of millions of minimum-wage workers across america it's hard it's unthinkable to many of us that one could spend one's entire life working a couple of different jobs, 60-70 hours/week, on $7 an hour. Ehrenreich also states that there are several accompanying causes that are also at play, that high housing costs, access to basic health care, and the lack of a basic living wage contribute to a hidden-cost economy, and that they are working against people in low wage jobs.
-review : of nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in america by barbara ehrenreich (dorothy gallagher, ny times book review) -review : of nickel and dimed (j peder zane , charlotte news-observer) -review : of nickel and dimed (steve early, the nation) -review : of nickel and dimed (philip connors, in these times) -review : of nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in america. The best-selling author of nickel and dimed goes back undercover to do for america's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor barbara ehrenreich's nickel and dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Barbara ehrenreich is a writer who begins a new journey into the low income class ehrenreich considers herself a different type of person, who normally fill america's least attractive jobs, and in ways that both helped limit her1barbara offers a candid insight and her experience in the reality of low-wage laborers.
A journalist, author and activist, barbara ehrenreich is perhaps best known for writing about her experience living as a minimum wage worker in her 2001 book nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america. The book nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in america, written by barbara ehrenreich is a book that relates the experience of how she survived living on poverty-level wages in america as a waitress, maid and a wal-mart sales associate. Nickel and dimed: on not getting by in america is a book by barbara ehrenreich based on her ethnographic research on low-wage jobs in america inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform at the time, she decided to immerse herself into the world of low-wage earning americans. Nickel and dimed summary and response essay mcnally 1 tommy mcnally douglas west esq senior writing 26 january 2015 nickel and dimed: chapter 1 summary & response in barbara ehrenreich's nickel and dimed, ehrenreich arrogantly narrates an expos é of people in the minimum wage workforce and their living conditions and problems.
A bestseller in hardcover, nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way the nation perceives its working poor. In nickel and dimed, barbara ehrenreich delves into the `third world' of america while attempting to make a living she undertakes many noble trades, working in low wage and underappreciated jobs whil. Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on barbara ehrenreich jan 13, 2014.