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The following program was recorded at the studio of NOW on August 28, I'm David Brancaccio. Waging a Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Listen to this statistic: more than 30 million Americans, that's one in four workers, are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. We're going to talk about the plight of low-wage workers in America. Hello, Barbara.
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Access options available:. Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream is about her experience of white-collar unemployment—at a time when 20 percent of the unemployed are white-collar professionals—1. This is another first-person story about Barbara going underground into the world of work and taking notes. For this project, Ehrenreich made some rules for herself: she needed a new identity, so that potential employers wouldn't be able to Google her. When I searched for "Barbara Ehrenreich" I got 2,, results.
In Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. She submits to career coaching, personality testing, and EST-like boot camps, and attends job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs. Worst of all, there is no honest reckoning with the inevitable consequences of the harsh new economy- rather, the jobless are persuaded that they have only themselves to blame.
loss of middle-class employment. In a way, Ehrenreich is a victim of her. own brilliance. Without the precedent of. Nickeled and Dimed.
Bait and Switch
August 3, After studying theoretical physics at Reed College and earning a Ph. She began researching and writing investigative stories for the company's monthly bulletin, and as she explains in her biography, "There was no decision to become a writer; that was just something I started doing. She writes: "We would stop at a convenient store for quote 'lunch' and people just didn't have money in their pockets.