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Bait And Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit Of The American Dream

Bait And Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit Of The American Dream

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Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch , she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional in transition, she attempts to land a middle-class job -- undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then trawling 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. Bait and Switch highlights the people whove done everything right -- gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive résumés -- yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Todays ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their surplus employees -- plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers -- and little security even for those who have jobs. Like the now classic Nickel and Dimed , Bait and Switch is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of economic cruelty where we least expect it.

Book Details

Author Barbara Ehrenreich
Publication Year 2005
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780805076066
Number of Pages 256
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