Oct 05 2014
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich is an interesting account of her experiment living on minimum wage jobs in America. I can appreciate the concept behind the idea, but I didn’t really like the approach. Something about the anthropological method of submerging oneself in a culture or social setting while remaining an observer doesn’t sit quite right with me. She made great points, of course, but they are intended for an audience of mid to upper classes who have no experience with, and apparently very little contact with, lower classes. She was very forthcoming initially about feeling self-conscious about her new lifestyle and appearance, and later, about the pride she takes in her successes in her new life. Her story focuses on her own and her coworkers’ economics including lifestyles, budgets, scheduling, and transportation, as well as work politics involving management.
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