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  • Ehrenreich 's Nickel And Dimed, By Barbara Ehrenreich

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    A Call to Action In her novel, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich states the working poor should be categorized as a “state of emergency,” and while that may first appear as extreme title, it would certainly promote action in our society. This “call to action” is one of the main motivations behind Ehrenreich’s writing of this novel. If viewing the working poor as a state of emergency promotes society to take action, then so be it. It is clear from Ehrenreich’s novel that the life of the working

  • Nickel And Dimed, By Barbara Ehrenreich

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    has the equality, freedom, and opportunity to strive. Many classic pieces of American Literature highlight this concept in a way that is most pertinent to their corresponding time period. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich, specifically highlights a more modern time period, from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. Within this

  • Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

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    place within the past few years. It may not be as difficult as the time of the Great Depression, but who’s to say that we have recovered from it? My claim is supported by Barbara Ehrenreich, an American author, who published a novel called Nickel and Dimed which digs deep into the economic situation in the early 90’s. Ehrenreich decided to run an experiment becoming a blue collar worker to see if she can manage to make a living on low wages. She later blogs of Nickel and Dimed in 2011 to see

  • Nickel And Dimed On By Barbara Ehrenreich

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    The article “Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By In America” written by Barbara Ehrenreich, who has a PHD in biology, informs the reader about the struggle a low-wage worker in America has to go through. Ehrenreich goes undercover and takes low-wage jobs to experience how a person with minimum wage of $6-$7/hour survives. During her experiment Ehrenreich only uses the money she earns from her job to pay rent, buy groceries,do laundry, pay for phone, and car. Throughout the article Ehrenreich’s purpose

  • The Life of Barbara Ehrenreich Essay

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    At one point in her career, Barbara Ehrenreich thought that it would be a good idea to get into the life of a person who works for the minimum wage and tries to live of it. As she went through her quest, Barbara met many people who were in fact, struggling. Unlike her, these people had to work multiple jobs, cut down their eating, live in terrible places, and just suffer all because of the lack of money and the need for as much of it as the could get. Some of these employees had others that they

  • Barbara Ehrenreich 's Nickel And Dimed

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    “down.” By using the excerpt "Serving in Florida" from Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich and the play, Six Degrees of Separation, by John Guare, we see how performing different classes than the one each person is a part affect themselves and those around them In Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, Barbara went “undercover” to perform and learn about a class that was not her own. Although it was for only a month, Barbara struggled to keep up the effort and survive in a lower class than she was

  • An Analysis Of Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

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    Nickel and Dimed Analysis 1. What is the topic? Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich is the autobiography of when Barbara went undercover to find out more about the life of a medium wage worker. She first goes to work in Key West, Florida at the restaurant “Hearthside”. She had worked there for a couple of weeks realizing how incredibly strenuous it was being a waitress especially when under a boss named Phillip that is constantly bickering and ranting on how poor of a job she is doing by having

  • The Rise Of The Rest Barbara Ehrenreich Analysis

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    Barbara Ehrenreich is responding to the outsourcing of local news, writing to describe what is taking place in different areas. On the other hand, Fareed Zakaria is writing “The Rise of the Rest” to help people imagine that the world isn’t really falling apart. Just because there are other countries only growing bigger. This is when Ehrenreich is saying that jobs are being taken away and is helping people understand that Zakaria’s facts could be arguable. To begin with, Barbara Ehrenreich, the

  • Barbara Ehrenreich 's Nickel And Dimed

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    Introduction Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America was the first book of its type that I’ve ever read, a real life analysis of what its like to “live in poverty,” working minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet day in and day out. It was an intriguing story of how a woman with plenty went on to document how she lived without and I found that Ehrenreich’s commentary throughout the book offered a refreshing perspective to the usual conversation that surrounds poverty;

  • Nickel And Dimed : On Not Getting By America By Barbara Ehrenreich

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    and Dimed: On Not Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich is based on Ehrenreich’s ethnographic research on the tricks that people in low-wage jobs are able to survive in America off their income. Ethnographic Research (“observation involves embedding oneself reply and over the long-term in a field site of study in order to systemically document the everyday lives, behaviors, and interactions of a community of people”). Throughout the book Ehrenreich places herself as much as she can in certain