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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Informații cheie de la Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America


Informații cheie de la Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

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A savvy essayist goes “undercover” to expose the realities of low-wage labor in America.

Barbara Ehrenreich’s bold experiment to work in the lower depths of the American economy while trying to keep her head above water has become a classic of investigative writing. This Snapshot distills her findings and what they mean for us today.

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Introduction

Little did Barbara Ehrenreich know when she went “undercover” working low-wage jobs that she would end up writing one of the most important economic books of the 20th century. Holding a doctorate and accustomed to a more affluent lifestyle, she challenged herself to find jobs outside her skillset, to hold down those jobs as best she could, and to find the cheapest accommodations available to sustain herself throughout. At the end of each month-long stint, she would reveal her identity and motivations to her coworkers, return to her “normal” life to regroup, and go back into the...

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