Beyond issues of income nickel and dimed focuses our attention on the problems of everyday living that the working poor must overcome problems like personal health, safety, friendships, and personal dignity. The fall 2005 book, nickel and dimed by barbara ehrenreich, is a true story about trying to make a living on low wages and what the author learns from the experience this book is rich with topics for reflection, analysis and discussion. Discussion questions 1 in the wake of recent welfare reform measures, millions of women entering the workforce can expect to face struggles like the ones ehrenreich confronted in nickel and dimed have you ever been homeless, unemployed, without health insurance, or held down two jobs.
Discussion questions publisher's reading guide questions: 1 in the wake of recent welfare reform measures, millions of women entering the workforce can expect to face struggles like the ones ehrenreich confronted in nickel and dimed. Nickel and dimed: on not getting by in america is a book by barbara ehrenreich based on her ethnographic research on low-wage jobs in america inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform at the time, she decided to immerse herself into the world of low-wage earning americans. On (not) getting by in america ah, the american dream, the national ethos of the united states well, it’s a dream alright literally – explains barbara ehrenreich in “nickel and dimed” and upward mobility is a myth for every third american.
Ehrenreich comes from a proud tradition of unionization, and although she was not interested in helping others unionize during the 1960s, issues of fair employment remain important to her she frequently wonders why employees put up with unfair working conditions throughout this book. Nickel and dimed chapter 3 response today in class we talked about chapter three of the book nickel and dimed, by barbara ehrenreich we discussed some obvious issues in the chapter three and some interesting points of our society. Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in nickel and dimed, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work below you will find the important quotes in nickel and dimed related to the theme of the economics of poverty so this is not a story of some death-defying “undercover. Page 1 of 3 nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in america by barbara ehrenreich about the book millions of americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day barbara ehrenreich decided to. Based on the best-selling book “nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america” by noted author, activist and undercover journalist barbara ehrenreich, the production will be directed by former northwestern student jess mcleod.
Nickel and dimed takes place during a so-called economic boom in american history, the period of “peace and prosperity” (as many people called it then, and still call it now) that was the late 1990s however, the book is largely about poverty, about the poor—and not simply the helplessly destitute, but rather the poor who are employed. Research papers on nickel and dimed by ehrenreich nickel and dimed research papers examine a novel written by barbara ehrenreich about welfare reform in america when receiving research from paper masters, one can have any source or book used within the project that one feels is relevant. Learn nickel and dimed with free interactive flashcards choose from 329 different sets of nickel and dimed flashcards on quizlet. Feel free to comment on any or all of the following questions here remember to ask questions as well1 in the wake of recent welfare reform measures, millions of women entering the workforce can expect to face struggles like the ones ehrenreich confronted in nickel and dimed have you ever been homeless, unemployed, without health insurance, or.
Home august - october 2009 nickel & dimed a book discussion series spotlighting the issues of poverty in the united states and rock county, wi. Nickel and dimed on (not) getting i worked long hours in retail for too little pay even as a store manager, i made about $10,000 per year in the late eighties. The play nickel and dimed is based on the best-selling book by barbara ehrenreich, nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america, which was published in 2002 ehrenreich, who was very. Nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way america perceives its working poor.
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. The real-life nickel and dimed—the author of the wildly popular “poverty thoughts” essay tells what it’s like to be working poor in america one of the five most important books of the year–esquire “devastatingly smart and funny i am the author of nickel and dimed, which tells the story. Nickel and dimed study guide chapter 1 summary ehrenreich begins her experiment in key west, florida, where she finds an efficiency apartment for $500 a month.
The recent re-issue of this book in soft-cover invites us to think anew about the significance of ehrenreich’s book in the following discussion of nickel and dimed, i propose to do three things: first, i want to discuss the significance of ehrenreich’s project as a deconstructive activity. Nickel and dimed is a book by barbara ehrenreich nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america study guide contains a biography of author barbara ehrenreich, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way america perceives its working poor. We also encourage discussion about developments in the book world and we have a flair system important we don't allow personal recommendation posts you can ask in our weekly recommendation thread, consult our suggested reading or what to read page, or post in /r/suggestmeabook.
Since most of you missed the on-campus discussion groups of nickel and dimed, let's try a blog discussion of the book instead here are some discussion questions pulled from the reader's guide at the back of the book, along with one or two of my own. In the book nickel and dimed, barbara ehrenreich delves into this infinite pit of poverty while introducing herself to the conditions and environment of the minimum wage community and lifestyle in the second chapter she goes to one of the most publicly assisted states in the. Nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in america by ehrenreich in the book nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in america the author ehrenreich, goes under cover as a minimum wage worker. The subtitle of nickel and dimed is on (not) getting by in america it is important to note how ehrenreich chose to put not in parentheses, and that choice on her part is directly related to her.