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Grusky Reader, 35, 36, 39 l 35, Ehrenreich, Nickel-and-Dimed ¡ World of low-wage work ¡ From welfare to work ° rent takes up much of the wage ¡ Work at a discount hotel restaurant as a waitress l Third of server’s job – sweeping, scrubbing, slicing, refilling, restocking ° invisible to customers (319) ¡ Constant monitoring from managers – sloth, theft, drug abuse (320) ¡ Not financially viable
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Housing l Sharing a room ($250/week) l Living at home l Living with other roommates l Renting a trailer l Living in a motel l Living in a van
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l Security deposit and one month rent ° impossible for many l Need to have a second job – unless supplemented by husband’s or boyfriend’s income l Racial separation- housekeepers, busboys, dishwashers vs. servers, clerks l Housekeeping work – l Survival of former welfare recipients and single mothers q should include other activities such as child-raising, laundry, romance, meals between full-time jobs (326) l Work – fraught with insult and stress
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36, Smeeding, Poverty, Work, and Policy l Comparison of level and trend of poverty cross- nationally (Luxembourg Income Study) l Do other countries have an official poverty line as the U.S.?
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