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Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream - Barbara Ehrenreich
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
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The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from “our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism”—The New York Times Book ReviewAmericans’ working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations slash employees by the thousands, and the benefits and... show more
The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from “our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism”—The New York Times Book ReviewAmericans’ working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations slash employees by the thousands, and the benefits and pensions once guaranteed by “middle-class” jobs are a thing of the past. 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. Armed with the plausible résumé of a professional “in transition,” she attempts to land a “middle-class” job. 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. Bait and Switch highlights the people who have done everything right—gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive résumés—yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. 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. Alternately hilarious and tragic, Bait and Switch, like the classic Nickel and Dimed, is a searing exposé of the cruel new reality in which we all now live.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780805081244 (0805081240)
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Marcia
Marcia rated it
4.0 Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
I love how this series keeps me wanting more.
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
4.0 Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Barbara Ehrenreich in this book explores the scary world of white collar unemployment and the “transition industry.” That is a euphemism for the business of helping white collar job seekers. It’s a world of job coaches, head hunters, job seminars, job seeker boot camps, job fairs, and Christian su...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
We are so screwed. Please note, this was published before the housing crash. Totally screwed.
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
4.0 Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
A good follow-up to "Nickeled and Dimed". This time Ehrenreich shows the plight of the recently downsized middle class. She poses as a late middle aged employee with excellent credentials, but recently "let go" from her job, and tries her luck at finding gainful employment. She hooks up with a group...
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