I think that Barbara Ehrenreich set good boundaries for herself but I can’t believe she was talked in to doing this.
Ehrenreich is a great writer, and explains the origin of the experiment and the boundaries of the experiment well.
I believe that Barbara Ehrenreich so far greatly exhisbits the struggles of trying to have a proper life style of a minimum wage worker in America.
Ehrenreich has done well to help the reader visualize how difficult it is for a minimum wage adult to lead a good life in America. Her examples made me think of how tough it must be to manage your money when you make so little.
I agree that she has done well to create a powerful picture to show her experience to reader's especially through the way she uses imagery to explain her struggles, and her day to day experiences while living on minimum wage.
The book reminds me a lot of one of the summer reading options, "Working In The Shadows". However, the current book appears to be much less serious in how she'll conduct this experiment and focuses more on current citizens now rather than immigrants.
I like how Ehrenreich first acknowledges how the experiment will not be exactly like the situations actual minimum wage workers face. It adds credibility to the experiment. It also shows just how hard it is to be a minimum wage worker, that she cannot just rely on her earnings but that she will have to use her actual money if needed.
Ehrenreich is honest and clear with what she means to do with her project and how she wants to go about it. I like the idea of it, however, she doesn’t seem very committed or at least she doesn’t seem motivated to live the life of an actual lower class American citizen.
When Ehrenreich first said that she would have boundaries on this project, I was a bit mad because why try to live in an impoverished person's shoes, if you can't be committed and feel the real pain of an impoverished person? Aside from that note, I like how blunt and straightforward Ehrenreich is. She lets readers know right off the bat that she will not be going all the way through with the experiment. In addition, at least she let readers know beforehand, instead of leading them on, for them to find that she will not perform the project to the full extent.
My initial reaction to the book was how it reminded me of my summer reading book "Working In The Shadows". Both authors try to live in another persons shoes but one for immigrants and the other for people living on the poverty line. I think that it is really brave for Ehrenreich to conduct this type of study, but feel that it would not be in its truest form because she has many things going for her like a starting salary and her own car, but I like how she says it right off the bat that that is what she is going to do. I question though if the rules she makes for herself are too much or won't give a completely honest view of living on the poverty line.
While I like the idea of the project that Ehrenreich undertook, I don't really think that she is truly living in the shoes of a person that lives off of minimum wage. She also seems to be boosting her prior knowledge and the advantages that she had coming into this experiment.
When Barbara Ehrenreich undertook this job, I thought she would start from scratch, but she starts with money. She will not be able to experience the life of a minimum wage worker fully. Though Ehrenreich is using her prior knowledge to help her through, which is beneficial to her. She might make it as a minimum wage worker.
Barbara Ehrenreich so far shows the struggles of minimum wage workers in America by experiencing them first hand. She is very straightforward and honest with the experience so far but at times she can seem a little unworried or uncommitted because she knows this isn’t a actual reality for her as she comes from a wealthy background.
My initial thoughts about the author's reaction were that she would be more enthusiastic about the opportunity to experience something like that but she seemed as though she felt she was above doing something like this and that someone that is more of a novice should have done something like this. It made me feel as though she would go into the experiment half-halfheartedly.
By just reading the introduction I can see that Ehrenreich thought out this idea and plan because she had put rules in place for the experiment. I find it interesting why a woman would think of putting herself in the place of many other American women by experiencing the life as someone who lives on minimum wage, the struggles and the unpleasant. I also noticed she was not particularly excited to partake in such an experiment.
My initial reaction to the book was that Ehrenreich set out a plan for herself, made rules and will try to make sure not to break them. I find it interesting that she would put herself in a position of struggle and try living of minimum wage. She sounds unenthusiastic and not exited about living in these conditions.
I was quite shocked at how blunt and straight-forward Ehrenreich was. I feel like because this is such a sensitive, controversial topic, an audience would much rather appreciate someone willing to go through the experience of a minimum wage worker fully committed. She, however, was truthful in the way she was going to proceed with the experiment. Although it was a bit frustrating to read all of the exceptions she was placing, I really appreciated her honesty.
Ehrenreich first seemed like she was talked into this situation and that she was not very willing to take it seriously. Maybe she wanted a great story more than she wanted to actually understand the struggles that lower-class people go through in America.
I can see that at the start she didn't really want to do this project because she thought it was better if someone younger would uphold the challenge.
You can tell from the start that this will be a very tough situation for Ehrenreich. As I was reading I could almost feel her pain. She’s a very descriptive writer which helps me visualize her experience in a better way.
The initial reaction I received from the book especially from the introduction was that even though she was talked into doing this sort of experiment she did not seem all too excited to actually do it.
The author seemed very overconfident and boastful that she would be able to easily get through the experiment. I enjoyed this because I can relate to her attitude and 100% understood where she was coming from.
I think that the author thought that this was going to be much easier than it was, thinking of the jobs these people do as easy.
Truthfully, my initial reaction was quite surprised on how quickly and easily she talked herself into creating such a story over a simple conversation, that soon lead to an entire experiment into experiencing the lifestyle of a minimum wage worker.
I was very excited by the fact that she had an idea that would open the eyes of many readers considering she's so established. I wasn't too skeptical of who found the research, just glad that the information would be conveyed realistically & respectably.
It seems like Ehrenreich was not very excited about this experiment and even seemed a little shocked when Lapham suggested that she try it out. I like how she knew right away that she was not going to be able to live exactly like minimum wage worker, so she made her rules and limits regarding the project very clear.
Ehrenreich seemed very shocked to have been assigned this project even though the initial idea was hers. She doesn’t appear to think the assignment is very serious as she set vague guidelines for herself and doesn’t think she will experience poverty in the same sense as her new coworkers. Ehrenreich is a bit dismissive toward the idea and calls her future jobs “run-of-the-mill low-paid jobs” and acts as if she is better than her coworkers simply because she has more money or a larger house. Nickel and Dimed overall will be an interesting take on poverty from a person in the opposite situation.
Ehrenreich seemed pretty excited to have been given the assignment, but she also indicated that she was a little surprised that she had been assigned the project, even though it was pretty much her idea in the first place. I think this book will be a pretty intriguing read, and I'm interested to see where this is going.
My initial reaction was how strong Barbra Ehrereich's voice is. I feel like she is right beside me talking to me.
The author in the introduction makes me think that when she really doesn't want to truly invest herself in the experiment as she has "backup" money, so it makes her argument in the book somewhat weaker. Also if she is going to do it, why not fully do it!
I feel Ehrenreich has a good experiment but it's not quite there. She doesn't fully go through with the experiment due to her having a backup account, but it still intriguing
Mrs. Theaker's students will be discussing Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed here.