Social issues[ edit ] Ehrenreich investigates many of the difficulties low wage workers face, including the hidden costs involved in such necessities as shelter the poor often have to spend much more on daily hotel costs than they would pay to rent an apartment if they could afford the security deposit and first-and-last month fees and food e. Foremost, Ehrenreich attacks the notion that low-wage jobs require only unskilled labor.
Home Book Reviews Nickel and Dimed: Holt Metropolitan Books, pp. I would have thought what a great job she had done at revealing yet another layer of class privilege in our society.
But reading it at this point in my life, I was more than impressed. In the late s, during the bullish period in which so many people were making so much money, Ehrenreich became curious about what was happening to the working poor, including the women who were just coming off welfare. Reluctantly, she decided that the best way to find out what was going on among those earning the minimum wage or slightly above would be to join their ranks.
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She took a number of low-paying jobs in different states over several months, working as a waitress in two restaurants, a member of a maid team, a nutritional aide in a nursing home, and an associate sales clerk at Wal-Mart.
She was aware that she brought so much with her that could not be totally set aside—her knowledge, health, self-esteem, emotional distance, and the security of her other life as an upper-middle class writer.
Although I have worked in retail for almost four years, I too have a certain distance from the economic and emotional reality of those for whom retail has been and will be their permanent work. In my heart, I am still a Presbyterian minister who is on the lam until I accept my pension in a year and a half.
Although I have suffered economically and many times wondered how I could survive until the next pay check; the fact is that I have a nest egg to which I can turn in emergencies. I own my car and my home, which increases my sense of security. I have self-esteem related to my profession, education, and life experiences.
In some cases, associates are not only treated rudely but may even be victims of physical abuse. For example, a customer thought an associate in our store was working too slowly at the register so she stepped out of the line and socked the associate in the side of the head, knocking her off her feet.
No charges were brought by the management, just a threat of future charges if the woman ever came into the store again. What did stand out was her inexperience in the work she was trying to do!
Oh, yes, that lack of experience does show. I can remember how humbled I was when I first started to work in retail. The biggest challenge was learning to use the cash register with some sense of confidence.
As a floater, I also had to become familiar with every department in the store, not just one area. Ehrenreich likewise became aware of how hard she had to work in each of the positions she held.
Even though I suspected from the start that the mathematics of wages and rents were working against me, I made a mighty effort to succeed. No one ever said that you could work hard—harder even than you ever thought possible—and still find yourself sinking ever deeper into poverty and debt.
My work in retail has been physically, emotionally, and intellectually challenging all the time, and exhausting many times. Yet I never get ahead.NICKEL AND DIMED BOOK REPORT Barbara Ehrenreich is a journalist who wrote the book Nickel and Dimed.
She goes undercover to see how it feels to work for $6 to $7 an hour. She goes undercover to see how it feels to work for $6 to $7 an hour.
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, published in by Barbara Ehrenreich, is a book in which the author goes “undercover” and investigates the lives of the working poor by living and working in similar conditions.
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.4/4.
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