On January 11, 1912 immigrant textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, go on strike when wages are reduced in response to a mandated shortening of the work week. Though over a century has past, American workers still find themselves struggling to maintain a power balance in a capitalist society. This has manifest in Right to Work movements pitted against unions attempting to maintain power. The Occupy Wall Street movement revealed even deeper divides between the growingly varied American experience between economic classes. A book that touches on these divisions in both its subject and existence is Barbara Ehrenreich’ s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. Ehrenreich takes an anthropologist’s approach as she dons the lifestyle and appearance of a minimum wage worker in different parts of America. By embracing the lifestyle, she embraces the struggle though temporarily. The book’s success itself hints at a market interest in needing to understand the “other,” one’s fellow citizen.

Book Title: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Book Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

ISBN Number: 0312626681

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