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Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream [Barbara Ehrenreich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The New York Times. Bait and Switch has ratings and reviews. Trevor said: Part of ” Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.” — Dorothy. 5 quotes from Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream: ‘This advice comes as a surprise: job searching is not joblessness; it is a jo.

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Neither position offered enough money to land her in the middle class socio-economic bracket. While I found the discussions and inside look at career coaches who were oftentimes just as desperate as some of their clients and networking opportunities many thinly veiled attempts as proselytization or to sell high-priced seminars or coaching sessionsI felt like Ehrenreich was trying to tell the story of corporate America as someone who busted her way in, when in actuality, she never made it in the door.

But the most interesting part of the book is near the end when she gives up on her own search and interviews the fellow seekers she’s met along the way.

People are desperate so they do this! Perhaps my lack of enthusiasm is more a reaction to the information than to Ehrenreich’s writing. But distressed white-collar people cannot be accused of fecklessness of any kind; they are the ehrebreich who “did everything right. Corporations slash employees by the thousands, and the benefits and pensions once guaranteed by “middle-class” jobs are a thing of the past.

It was interesting that this book was written in ; with the recession still fresh in everyone’s mind, this book is still perfectly applicable. May 03, Rachel rated it liked it.

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Especially for those who think this can never happen to them. At the moment, I’d rather be waitressing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This was followed by promotions, raises, more and more benefits, and exciting career changes before it all came to a halt in the wake of the Great Recession.

Ehrenreich, who sat through sullen networking events trying valiantly to raise a ripple of small talk, doesn’t get her hopes up, but pins her remaining faith to old-fashioned collective action. Perhaps she is outraged that she feels unable to barbxra with her fellow jobseekers.

They can think for themselves. The bottom line is: Meanwhile, the jobseekers she leaves in transition still believe that if only they can become more compliant they might be accepted back into the corporate family.

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

It also marks the point where Ehrenreich stops switxh the good pupil – she cannot stomach the anti-semitism, the ‘bowdlerised Christianity leavened with down-home homophobia’. The rich get richer, and the poo Not so certain why people reaect negatively to this book. I feel this guilt that requires me to finish a book, even when doing so makes my blood pressure skyrocket. Or perhaps it was just too unrealistic.

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Better unemployment benefits and healthcare not attached to the job would be beneficial barbra everyone. The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream ” “. As she sets it out in her introduction, the goal of this book is to show what it takes to find a white-collar job in America.

Maybe it isn’t the content of the presentation that matters, but the discipline required to maintain the sitting posture and vague look of attentiveness for hours on end Her intent was to go undercover as she did in her other book but sadly didn’t get very far. It was also interesting to see all the “coaches” out This was exasperating and sad.

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Much like “Nickel switcb Dimed”, Ehrenreich went undercover, so to speak, and tried to infiltrate corporate America by joining job seekers for white collar professions or “executives in transition” as they seemed to so often label themselves.

I went to ONE job fair and realized: The basic issue baiit is that she didn’t have the 20 or so years of experience, of friends in the business and contacts in her trade to give her a boost. Ehrenreich started with the intention of a parallel structure to ‘Nickle and Dimed’ – she switcch masquerade as a unemployed white-collar PR professional, get corporate bxrbara, work there for se I read this because Ehrenreich’s earlier book, Nickel and Dimed, wasn’t available from the library – but I thought a close examination of the issues of the US middle class would be equally interesting.

She embarked upon a quest to try to get a job in public relations. Jul 11, Diana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Not only does she expose the entirely new industry that sprang up in the wake of mass “right-sizing” and economic re-organization – phony career-coaches, resume consulting firms, “image” experts and expensive job hunting ‘boot camps’ – she also delves into the devastating emotional toll an experience like this can take on people – even on her, when this barhara supposed to be just research for a book!