Thesis. The book's message is complicated by Barbara Ehrenreich's own biases on:ReligionRaceDrug Use. . Religion.
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1. Bias Cripples Authority Stephanie Sorensen
2. Thesis The book’s message is complicated by Barbara Ehrenreich’s own biases on:
3. Religion “The next step was to find a church: ‘Always find a church.’” – advice Caroline gives Barbara (132)
“People from the church drove [me] around to the WIC office and to find a school for [my] twelve-year-old girl and day care for the baby.” (132)
4. Religion “The worst, for some reason, are Visible Christians –like the ten-person table, all jolly and sanctified after Sunday night service, who run me mercilessly and then leave me $1 on a $92 bill.” (36)
5. Religion “I would like to stay around for the speaking in tongues, should it occur, but the mosquitoes, worked into a frenzy by all this talk of His blood, are launching a full-scale attack.” (69)
6. What the Critics Say “Equally maddening is her refusal to take advantage of the easiest opportunity that exists to find friendship and social assistance: church.” (BrothersJudd)
“Ehrenreich refuses this advice, and its hard to take her complaints about the lack of available help seriously, knowing that her anti-religious sensibilities prevent her from accepting one of the most readily available sources of assistance.” (BrothersJudd)
7. Race “Maybe, it occurs to me, I’m getting a tiny glimpse of what it would be like to be black.” (100)
“Maybe, I reason, when you give white people a whole state to themselves, they treat one another real nice.” (52)
8. What the Critics Say “Like many members of her social class, she is unable to discard the persona of a privileged, white, educated, upper-middle class professional. Like many such people, her feelings regarding this identity are ambivalent, a mixture of pride and guilt. This causes her to bend over backwards in an effort to show her liberalism and lack of condescension to the poor people she meets.” (Professional)
9. Drug Use “And what about the prescription drugs I’ve been taking for a chronic nasal congestion problem? What if Claritin-D, which gives you a nice little bounce, shows up as crystal meth?” (125)
10. What the Critics Say “Most of all she hates drug testing – mostly because she has a drug habit to hide. The biggest drive in her rants against it was fear – fear that she might not even be able to get a job at Wal-Mart. Her counter to this self-induced fear? The system must be unfair if she is not allowed to come to work stoned.” (McCown 9)
11. Conclusion Reinstate authority by eliminating comments backed by personal biases (i.e. atheism, racism, drug use)
12. Sources BrothersJudd (2001). Nickel and Dimed : On (Not) Getting by in America. Retrieved October 14, 2004 , fromhttp://www.brothersjudd.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/reviews. detail/book_id/5/Nickel%20and%20D.htm
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DeLong, J.B. (2001). Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and the Working Poor. Retrieved October 22, 2004, from http://www.j- bradford-delong.net/Econ_Articles/Reviews/ehrenreich.html
13. Sources Cont. Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and Dimed. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
McCown, D. (2003). Ten Problems With Nickel and Dimed. Retrieved October 22, 2004, from http://eee.uci.edu/programs/comp/39c- student/SummerCR03.pdf
Professional (2002). Retrieved October 22, 2004, from http://www.professional- books.com/product/0805063897/AsinSearch/2/
14. Image Sources (in order of appearance) http://www.sunprecast.com/images/religion.jpg