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Ehrenreich, Barbara

Works: 231 works in 726 publications in 3 languages and 35,175 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humor 
Roles: Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: HD4918, 305.569092
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Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
52 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 6,353 libraries worldwide
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job, any job, can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," and that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. This work reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity, a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategems for survival. Read it for the author's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything, from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal, quite the same way again. In her new afterword she explains why, ten years on in America this book is more relevant than ever
Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 2,911 libraries worldwide
Ehrenreich enters the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a job--undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then a series of EST-like boot camps, job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She gets an image makeover, works to project a winning attitude, yet is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and--again and again--rejected. This book highlights the people who've done everything right, yet have become vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding "surplus" employees--plunging them into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers--and little security even for those who have jobs. --From publisher description
Bright-sided : how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
21 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 2,520 libraries worldwide
A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism, existential clarity and courage
Global woman : nannies, maids, and sex workers in the new economy ( Book )
31 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,867 libraries worldwide
In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives of women worldwide. Women are moving around the globe as never before. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles, there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Each year, millions leave Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. The migrant nanny--or cleaning woman, nursing care attendant, maid--eases a "care deficit" in rich countries, while her absence creates a "care deficit" back home. Confronting a range of topics, from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles and the selling of Thai girls to Japanese brothels, "Global woman offers an unprecedented look at a world shaped by mass migration and economic exchange on an ever-increasing scale. In fifteen vivid essays--of which only four have been previously published--by a diverse and distinguished group of writers, collected and introduced by best selling authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from the third world is no longer gold or silver, but love
For her own good : 150 years of the experts' advice to women by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
33 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and held by 1,792 libraries worldwide
1e uitg.: 1978
Fear of falling : the inner life of the middle class by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
21 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 1,715 libraries worldwide
An analysis of the professional middle class from the liberal elite of the 1960s to the yuppies of the 1980s and the amount of power and influence they wield over the American culture
This land is their land : reports from a divided nation by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,707 libraries worldwide
The author's second work of satirical commentary reflects on one of the cruelest decades in memory, the 2000s, in which she finds a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty. Her first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives, was about the Reagan era. The one problem was the title: couldn't some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives, far worse, were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in this book she subjects them to biting and incisive satire. Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, she finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. Her anecdotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty
Blood rites : origins and history of the passions of war by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
28 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,594 libraries worldwide
"In Blood Rites, renowned social critic Barbara Ehrenreich confronts a subject that has challenged thinkers from Homer to Freud: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind of sacred undertaking? Ehrenreich takes us on an original journey from the grasslands of prehistoric Africa to the trenches of Verdun, from the spectacular human sacrifices of precolonial Central America to the carnage and holocaust of twentieth-century "total war."" "Sifting through the fragile records of prehistory, Ehrenreich discovers the wellspring of war in an unexpected place - not in a "killer instinct" unique to the males of our species, nor in our Paleolithic hunting tradition, but in the blood rites early humans performed to reenact their terrifying experience of predation by stronger carnivores. It is in these ancient blood rites that Ehrenreich finds the first form of organized, socially sanctioned violence - and the spiritual antecedent of war." "Moving into historical time, Ehrenreich traces the evolution of war from the sacred undertaking of a privileged warrior caste to the central rite of the mass religion we know today as nationalism and shows the persistence of ancient fears in the most modern rituals and passions of war."--BOOK JACKET
The hearts of men : American dreams and the flight from commitment by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
22 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 1,373 libraries worldwide
An explanation of recent sexual culture and the loosening of marriage bonds over the past 20 years
Nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,323 libraries worldwide
To discover how others exist on minimum wage, the author leaves her home, takes the cheapest lodgings she can find, and accepts whatever jobs she's offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she works variously as a waitress, nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She learned many things, including the fact that one job is not enough: you need at least two if you intend to live indoors
Complaints and disorders; the sexual politics of sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
23 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and held by 1,114 libraries worldwide
"From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the medical profession has consistently treated women as weak and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise history of the sexual politics of medical practices shows how the biomedical rationale was used to justify sex discrimination throughout the culture, and how its vestiges are evident in abortion policy and other reproductive rights struggles today"--Provided by publisher
The sixties the years that shaped a generation ( visu )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,059 libraries worldwide
This documentary features revealing interviews with the prominent figures of the era including: Barbara Ehrenreich, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesse Jackson, Tom Hayden, Arlo Guthrie, Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Robert McNamara, Ed Messe III and Bobby Seale
At the heart of work and family engaging the ideas of Arlie Hochschild by Anita Ilta Garey( file )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,005 libraries worldwide
"At the Heart of Work and Family presents original research on work and family by scholars who engage and build on the conceptual framework developed by well-known sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild. These concepts, such as 'the second shift,' 'the economy of gratitude,' 'emotion work,' 'feeling rules,' 'gender strategies,' and 'the time bind,' are basic to sociology and have shaped both popular discussions and academic study. The common thread in these essays covering the gender division of housework, childcare networks, families in the global economy, and children of consumers is the incorporation of emotion, feelings, and meaning into the study of working families. These examinations, like Hochschild's own work, connect micro-level interaction to larger social and economic forces and illustrate the continued relevance of linking economic relations to emotional ones for understanding contemporary work-family life"--Provided by publisher
Re-making love : the feminization of sex by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
16 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 954 libraries worldwide
The snarling citizen : essays by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 747 libraries worldwide
In this collection of essays, her first since the best-selling The Worst Years of Our Lives, Barbara Ehrenreich delves into the soul of the 1990s in search of the American zeitgeist after "The Decade of Greed." What she finds is a sour passivity. Only a homicidal car-rental spokesman or penis-severing small-town manicurist can induce a brief outbreak of giddiness. The youthful, pumped-up look has given way to menopause chic, and our biggest hope for a national health program is that it will provide coverage for Dr. Jack Kevorkian's services. Even channel surfing may have to be automated soon if the current listlessness continues
Bait and switch [the (futile) pursuit of the American dream] by Barbara Ehrenreich( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 725 libraries worldwide
Focuses on the world of white-collar unemployment as seen through the eyes of the unemployed, describing the woes of "surplus" employees who are forced to confront the realities of financial hardship with few social supports or security
Pink Ribbons, Inc ( visu )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
Pink ribbons, the symbol of the breast cancer prevention movement, are everywhere: T-shirts, hats, yogurt cups, KFC buckets, car ads, NFL stadiums - the list goes on and on. They make people feel good, as if engaged in a successful battle against breast cancer. But who is really benefitting? More and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Wouldn't it be something if some of the very companies that profit from their pink marketing campaigns have actually contributed to the epidemic by selling known carcinogens?
For her own good : two centuries of the experts' advice to women by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other
Bright-sided [how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America] by Barbara Ehrenreich( Sound Recording )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 580 libraries worldwide
Barbara Ehrenreich presents a scathing critique on America's culture of optimism. Here, she reveals how Evangelicalism and health care is unwittingly undermining American potential and growth by offering hope to the public. Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude
Kipper's game by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 libraries worldwide
Della Markson is searching for her son, a brilliant, nihilistic computer hacker who has invented an addictive computer game. Her former professor, Alex MacBride, an academic has-been desperately in need of a publication and a drink, is looking for the papers of an obscure, long-dead neurobiologist. As they stumble through a suburban landscape littered with broken marriages and blighted careers, they discover that their personal quests are of great interest to mysterious others, and that they have been drawn into a grand design full of wondrous possibilities and perilous meanings. For Della and Alex live in a hyper-real world of strange portents and accelerating decay. Caterpillars are destroying the trees. A cracked but eerily lucid evangelist preaches apocalypse on a pirate frequency. And in the renowned biological research institute where Della and Alex work, escaped laboratory animals roam the corridors, hazardous wastes leak unchecked, and a lethal new disease is outwitting the researchers. In this menacing yet unsettlingly familiar environment, the search for Della's son and Alex's missing papers turns out to hinge on the ancient quest for the ultimate purpose of human intelligence and life. A startling feat of the imagination from one of our sharpest social observers, Kipper's Game is a daring and sophisticated adventure at the interface of science and metaphysics, human love and the equally human hunger for knowledge
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Alternative Names
Ehrenreich, Barbara Alexander
Ehrenrich, Bárbara
אנרייך, ברברה 1941-
אנריך, ברברה 1941-
ארנרייך, ברברה
エーレンライク, バーバラ
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