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Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America - Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001

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In Nickel-And-Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich attempts to live in poverty voluntarily. She decides that in order to really understand the plight of the poor and actually analyze how difficult it is to get by, she must try it out herself. Her experience was very interesting, very disappointing, but I would not go as far as to say that it was very surprising. As I read through it, the things she described seemed pretty obvious. I never thought otherwise - I know that people in this social class receive very low wages and that it is difficult to get by. At some points in the reading, I was surprised by how little Barbara was really making.

[...] Nickel-And-Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich In Nickel-And-Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich attempts to live in poverty voluntarily. She decides that in order to really understand the plight of the poor and actually analyze how difficult it is to get by, she must try it out herself. Her experience was very interesting, very disappointing, but I would not go as far as to say that it was very surprising. As I read through it, the things she described seemed pretty obvious. I never thought otherwise?I know that people in this social class receive very low wages and that it is difficult to get by. [...]


[...] Aside from this, I found her description to be very interesting and informative. She affectively caught my attention as a reader and gave a good description of what these petty jobs are really like. After reading this, I would never want to work in any such place. I found it very disappointing that Ehrenreich was not able to find any good, nutritious food during her employment. She was forced, for a variety of reasons, to eat unhealthy cheese burgers, fries, and the like. [...]

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