Nickel and Dimed 1

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Emily Leung Sociology 106 October 26 th , 2009 From the given reading, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America written by Barbara Ehrenreich there are clear divisions from the low-wage jobs to the middle class jobs. Barbara Ehrenreich had some advantages compared to the average person working full-time on a minimum wage salary. Some advantages Ehrenreich had were that she had a car with her at all times, and with paying for the cars she used her credit card and not any part of her minimum wage salary (Ehrenreich 5). The goal from this experiment was to “match income to expenses, as the truly poor attempt to everyday”, but Ehrenreich clearly saw her advantages (Ehrenreich 6). In the reading she states, “Unlike many low-wage workers, I have the further advantages of being white and a native English speaker. I don’t think this affected my chances of getting a job…but it almost certainly affected the kinds of jobs I was offered” (Ehrenreich 7). In Key West, Florida, Ehrenreich experienced the life as a waitress in a “family
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Unformatted text preview: restaurant”. She soon comes to an analysis of the workers working at Hearthside, and her experience portrays many struggles with a low-wage salary. A struggle that the workers of Hearthside have to deal with is shelter; most of her co-workers have roommates because they cannot afford to live alone. Another struggle is the treatment in the “family restaurant”. In the employee meeting the workers voice is not heard, instead the worker’s voice is ignored. The meeting did not concern “we” but it was more of an announcement by higher authority that demonstrated the inequality in this workplace (Ehrenreich 23). Thus, Ehrenreich’s experience in Florida demonstrated that workers have many struggles in their personal life, and within in the working community. The worker’s voice is insignificant to the higher authority and nothing can be done since the people fear to lose the job they cannot afford to lose....
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