Social And Economic Injustices In Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

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In America, low wage workers are experiencing difficulty maintaining a roof over their heads, putting food in their mouths, and providing for their families (Briana, 2016). Many of these workers are working at least two or three-part time jobs, or working full time at low-wage paying jobs. However, working fulltime or having two or three part-time jobs, still isn’t enough to make ends meet, support themselves, and their families. In the novel, Nickel and Dimed (2015), Barbara Ehrenreich, the author, does a great job going into the the workforce to be employed as a low wage worker, plus acquiring information about how low wage workers make ends meet. Ehrenreich’s reasoning to do so is for research purposes. Although she has a Ph.D., from the…show more content…
The terms are typically used together to describe equal opportunities socially and economically (Briana, 2016), however in reality we face social and economic injustice. When the term social and economic justice comes to mind, the writer thinks of the concepts: human rights, equality, opportunity, and peace. From the writer’s perspective, we live in a society that doesn’t respect human rights. Moving forward, Ehrenreich displays many social and economic injustices in her novel. She made finding a place to live her first task. Due to her income, she only qualifies for housing that is considered to be flophouses and trailer homes that have no screens, no air conditioning, and no fans. She finds a place and the rent is $500/monthly, however, she lives forty-five minutes away from employment opportunities and it isn’t the best style of somewhere to live. Many Americans face the challenges of finding cheaper housing that it isn’t in the best condition and they end up having to drive further for jobs. They have to pay for more gas, in which can take a toll on…show more content…
Within those two years of the coworker working there, she received a seventy- five cent raise and she doesn’t complain much because at the age she is at, it hinders her from being employed at a high-tip place. This is a prime example of oppression because in order to make ends meet, some family members have to stay with each other because they do not make enough money to afford rent. Also, she is older and she did not mention that she received any benefits such as Medicare or Social Security, therefore she has to continue working to provide for herself and help her

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