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Discuss the key issues brought up in the first half of the Ehrenreich book. You are asked to tie her research into sociological research on work: which theoretical perspective would her work most likely fit into? How did she do her research and what were the strengths of this approach? What were her limitations? With what you have read so far, describe how the American economy looks from the perspective of low wage workers?

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As you discuss the key issues brought up in the first half of the Ehrenreich book, the fact that millions of Americans work full-time for poverty-caliber wages is inhumane as well as insulting to them as well as our nation: "land of the free." It is hypocritical to think that we are empowering people in our land of the American Dream when such blatant socioeconomic gaps exist. As a woman, I appreciate how she also demonstrates the demeaning and sexist ways in which lower wage working women are treated.

She also exposes the true realities about the job hunt, as she suggests in Chapter I, "the want ads are not a reliable measure of the actual jobs available at any particular time."

I also feel like she also illustrates in Chapter 2 how a capitalistic/chauvinistic type facade exists for the wealthy as her ...

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Key issues in the first half of the Ehrenreich book are summarized briefly.

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