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The book follows Ehrenreich's examination of the world of insecure low-wage work that constituted Nickel and Dimed , published in In this case, she decided to pseudonymously penetrate the corporate world instead and then write about the way in which things operate in reality in a similar manner to her earlier book in this case adopting her maiden name as a cover.

She embarked upon a quest to try to get a job in public relations. However, after ten months of effort including hiring a career coach, attending careers fairs, networking with job seekers and signing up for an employment 'boot camp' Ehrenreich was unable to find a job, receiving only two offers of commission-based sales work in cosmetics and car insurance.

Neither position offered enough money to land her in the middle class socio-economic bracket. Ehrenreich's discussion, therefore, focuses on the instability of life at a middle or white-collar stratum of the employment world, particularly in the case of the long 'transition' periods when people lose one particular job and attempt to attain another.

Implicitly she is critical of much of the motivational industry that has flourished in the face of employment insecurity and instability; on one character assessment she is described, rather superficially and vacuously, as 'Original and Effective' and on another as 'the commandant'.

Throughout this process, she concludes, she is being asked to undergo a form of depersonalisation. Moreover, she is critical of the notion that one loses a job or finds it hard to find one because of some internal failing, instead placing the emphasis on the difficulties and challenges of the external reality. Her hope is that future solutions lie in updated forms of collective action that protect employees from the vicissitudes and volatility of the employment world.

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The book follows Ehrenreich's examination of the world of insecure low-wage work that constituted Nickel and Dimed , published in In this case, she decided to pseudonymously penetrate the corporate world instead and then write about the way in which things operate in reality in a similar manner to her earlier book in this case adopting her maiden name as a cover. She embarked upon a quest to try to get a job in public relations. However, after ten months of effort including hiring a career coach, attending careers fairs, networking with job seekers and signing up for an employment 'boot camp' Ehrenreich was unable to find a job, receiving only two offers of commission-based sales work in cosmetics and car insurance. Neither position offered enough money to land her in the middle class socio-economic bracket.

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Bait and Switch

It's a spinoff, a sequel, an attempted variation on a successful theme. That previous success was an outraged treatise called "Nickel and Dimed," wherein Ehrenreich -- whose background and education a B. Shakily, very shakily, was her predictable but nonetheless worthy conclusion. Though it drew ire from some real-life wage slaves, "Nickel and Dimed" was generally heaped with critical praise Studs Terkel, for one, welcomed it with a "Bravo! Published early in the somber year of , the book spent nearly two years on the best-seller list, and still makes the occasional appearance there.

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'Bait and Switch': Corporate Makeover

I previously read with delight Ehrenreich's foray into working-class reality, Nickel and Dimed. As a woman who has worked, survived, and been unemployed in both the blue-collar and white-collar worlds, I also found Bait and Switch just as sharply observed and just as side-splittingly funny as the earlier book. She also includes plenty of intriguing and relevant data to broaden the perspective of her own experiences and observations, which makes this book a solid read for anyone who enjoys quirky takes on current social issues. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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