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Ian Judd Introductory Sociology Prof. Barbara Katz Rothman December 6 th , 2007 Nickel and Dimed In the book, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich conducts an experiment to show people what it is really like to live as a low-waged, unskilled worker. She chooses three different cities, and in each city she must find a place to live, as well as a job. She only lives on the money she earns from the job she has at the time, and she begins the experiment with $1,300. If Barbara Ehrenreich was an immigrant or a woman of color her situation would have been completely different. The first place she decides to go is Key West, Florida. She chooses Kew West because it is close to her home. She eventually finds a job as a waitress at a place called Jerry’s. She finds the job to be very difficult and physically challenging. She also finds it difficult to find a place to live; although she eventually finds a trailer that she can live in. While in Key West Ehrenreich decides to find another job. She finds employment as a housekeeper at a hotel. After only one
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