Articles Edited Ehrenreich

Please follow the requirements in the attachment, make sure you answer the each objective.


Assignment Instructions

The concept of equality/inequality is central to the content of this course. We seek to understand the relationship between work, employment and important life outcomes. Why do some people end up with great careers earning enough to have great lives while others do not? Is it all about individual motivation and character or are there structural factors in society that shape our opportunities? If so what are these and how should we think about them as a matter of public and private policy? What do each of us need to do in order to make sure we do well in life no matter our personal and family circumstances?

Read:

  1. Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed (excerpts) – A book about life in the low-wage economy
  2. Meyerson, Harold. The Fallacy of Post-Industrial Prosperity. – A short opinion piece from Labor Day 2011 from The Washington Post
  3. Reich, Robert. The Limping Middle Class. – A short opinion piece from Labor Day 2011 from The New York Times. These two articles represent different views on the state of the U.S. economy and its prospects. The authors represent a range of political views and economic theories. The articles are a couple years old but are still applicable.
  4. Fussel, Paul. Class: A Guide Through the American Status System, ch. 1 – Supplemental reading.

Forum:

  1. Have you had any personal experience with the type of work Ehrenreich describes (or know of anyone)? Describe your/their experience(s).
  2. How would your respond to each of the Op-Ed writers essays on the state of the economy and the state of America’s workers? Do you agree or disagree with any of them? What is your argument? Provide outside factual evidence to prove your argument (cite your evidence). By outside evidence, we mean evidence outside the assigned readings (i.e. through a Google search).

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