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Nickel and Dime Summary

Nickel and Dime Summary - Barbara Ehrenreich a middle-class...

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Barbara Ehrenreich, a middle-class journalist, left behind her home, career and companion, reputation to carry out an undercover experiment. Her experience of plunging into the low-wage workforce addresses the traditional idea “a job will defeat poverty”. She suggests that a low wage job or multiple low wage jobs are not enough to provide enough income for people to spend in their daily necessities since there are many of the hidden difficulties and cost that middle and upper classes are not able to see. First of all, shelter, since a low wage worker “as can be shown by taking $6 to $7 an hour, perhaps subtracting a dollar or two an hour of child care, multiplying by 160 hours a month, come pare to the nationwide average $8.89 to afford a one bedroom apartment hourly.” “Low – wage work is not a solution to poverty” Therefore for one person to live in a one bedroom apartment seems impossible, plus there are other daily expenses other than paying daily or hourly rents. Therefore this shows workers are not finalially viable, “Gail .. she and a roommate pay about $250 a week. Her roommate, a male friend, has
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