Have you ever wonder what it really takes to live in todays world? For some people they are fortunate to live a lifestyle where they have steady jobs, healthcare, food, a home, and things in general to survive; sometimes even get things they really desire and even have a high social status among the society that surrounds them. Yet, not everything is as simple as it may seem for others. Some humans in this world have to fight through a daily struggle in order to make the wages they do to survive with basic needs and amount to nothing at times in the society that bases others off social status, which is described in the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich who has experienced it first hand. Ehrenreich has a Ph.D. in Biology and lives in New York. She became very interested in the daily life of others on trying to survive everyday life. This gave her the opportunity on deciding to take on a study of how it would it be to live a daily life where low hourly wages, small cheap apartments, and unfair treatment in work places.
The study Ehrenreich sets herself to do is play a role of a single mother who is trying to make a living on low paying jobs and went to three different states to perform the studies: Florida, Maine, and Minnesota. For the study she had to set rules three specific rules for herself: first she could not let her skills lack from her education or usual work, second she has to take the job that offered the most in pay and keep up to the company’s standard, and third she will need to find the cheapest living space she could find while making sure it safe and keeps her privacy intact. As well as rules, she sets limits for herself regarding the experiment stating that: she will alwa...
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...example, in chapter 3 she mentions about the amount of work at Wal-Mart and the low pay for the work causing her to want to act on it saying “I think we could have done something, she and I, if I could have afforded to work at Wal-Mart a little longer.” (Ehrenreich, 2001, p. 191)There I believe she wanted to ban the workers together in order to improve the working arrangements and in the long run be able to improve the overall place surrounding the workforces who live day to day.
Overall this study brought things to light for the average working citizen trying to live on low-wage status and how different places define the space people can live in, making it easy to define the type of culture that lies within the different parts of the states. So when you look at todays world just think on how a lot of things brought up in the book is very similar to what goes on now.
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