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Barbara Ehrenreich

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September 2005: [from a review of her September 2005 book Bait And Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream --Ed.] "...previous success was an outraged treatise called "Nickel and Dimed," wherein Ehrenreich - whose background and education (a B.A. from Reed College and a Ph.D. from Rockefeller University) situate her firmly in the upper-middle class - related how she hid her identity and took a succession of low-paying jobs to examine firsthand how the other half survives in America. Shakily, very shakily, was her predictable but nonetheless worthy conclusion. Though it drew ire from some real-life wage slaves, "Nickel and Dimed" was generally heaped with critical praise (Studs Terkel, for one, welcomed it with a "Bravo!"). Published early in the somber year of 2001, the book spent nearly two years on the best-seller list, and still makes the occasional appearance there.
This time, Ehrenreich decided to perform a similar undercover experiment on a different, and slightly less remote, tax bracket: American white-collar workers, corporate functionaries..."

July 2005: Author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class, For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women, and The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Harper's Magazine Source Jan 10, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Progressive Source Feb 5, 2004
Cooperation (past or present) Prof. Arlie Russell Hochschild Person May 3, 2010

Articles and Resources

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Oct 24, 2011 Why Homelessness Is Becoming an Occupy Wall Street Issue

QUOTE: political protesters do not face the challenges of urban camping alone. Homeless people confront the same issues every day: how to scrape together meals, keep warm at night by covering themselves with cardboard or tarp, and relieve themselves without committing a crime. Public restrooms are sparse in American cities—"as if the need to go to the bathroom does not exist," travel expert Arthur Frommer once observed. And yet to yield to bladder pressure is to risk arrest.

Mother Jones
Sep 27, 2005 Are Coaches the Answer to White-Collar Unemployment?

QUOTE: ...'career coaches' -- who, according to the coaching web sites, can help you discover your true occupational 'passion,'...You can declare yourself a coach without any credentials, nor are there any regulatory agencies looking over your shoulder...

Feb 05, 2004 Gouging the Poor

QUOTE: Hospitals are increasingly resorting to brass knuckle tactics to collect overdue bills from indigent patients.