Nickel and Dimed

On (Not) Getting By in America
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 9781429926645
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich 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, Ehrenreich 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," 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 int to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich'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 -- in quite the same way again.

Smile or Die

Wie die Ideologie des positiven Denkens die Welt verdummt
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 388897920X
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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Wie konnte aus dem harmlosen Lob einer optimistischen Lebenseinstellung eine kulturelle Glaubenswahrheit mit zunehmend zwanghaften Zügen werden? Mit kritischer Intelligenz und beißendem Spott nimmt Ehrenreich eine blühende Bewusstseinsindustrie unter die Lupe, die mit "Positive Thinking" inzwischen Milliarden verdient. "Sei positiv! Optimisten leben länger! Der Erfolg ist in dir!" Seit Jahrzehnten künden Ratgeber und Motivationstrainer von der grenzenlosen Macht positiven Denkens. Glück, Gesundheit, Reichtum und beruflicher Erfolg - so die Botschaft - sind für jeden jederzeit erreichbar, eine lückenlos positive Grundhaltung vorausgesetzt. Selbst schuld, wer da noch Sorgen hat oder gar die Ursachen seiner Probleme in der Realität vermutet. Arbeitslose erfahren, einzig der Ton ihrer Bewerbung entscheide über deren Erfolg. Selbst Krebskranke werden heute gewarnt, eine "negative Haltung" könne ihre Heilung gefährden. Eine "erfrischend aggressive und glänzend intelligente Attacke auf das Nonsense-Monster mit den tausend Armen" (Daily Mail), zugleich ein überfälliges Plädoyer für eine Rückkehr zu Realismus und gesundem Menschenverstand.

Erledigt in Paris und London


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257602464
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Nach seiner Demission als Polizeioffizier in Burma landet Orwell 1933 in den Slums: bei den Arbeitslosen, Asozialen in Paris, wo er sich als Küchenhilfe in einem Luxusrestaurant verdingt; bei den Pennern von London, mit denen er durch die Gossen und Asyle pilgert. Der unsentimentale, erschütternde Bericht eines Betroffenen.

Ökologie der Angst

das Leben mit der Katastrophe
Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783492238199
Category:
Page: 541
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Neun Tage und ein Jahr

Roman
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Diana Verlag
ISBN: 3641132592
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Die außergewöhnliche Geschichte einer großen Liebe und einer einzigartigen Freundschaft Elsie weiß: Ben ist ihre große Liebe, und so sagt sie Ja, als er nur ein halbes Jahr nach der ersten Begegnung um ihre Hand anhält. Doch neun Tage nach der Hochzeit kommt Ben bei einem Unfall ums Leben. Erschüttert von ihrem Verlust steht Elsie im Krankenhaus Bens Mutter Susan gegenüber – die bisher nichts von ihrer Schwiegertochter wusste. Was mit einem Zusammentreffen voller Ablehnung beginnt, wird die beiden ungleichen Frauen für immer verändern.

Unnatural Selections

Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance
Author: Daylanne K. English
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807863521
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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Challenging conventional constructions of the Harlem Renaissance and American modernism, Daylanne English links writers from both movements to debates about eugenics in the Progressive Era. She argues that, in the 1920s, the form and content of writings by figures as disparate as W. E. B. Du Bois, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen were shaped by anxieties regarding immigration, migration, and intraracial breeding. English's interdisciplinary approach brings together the work of those canonical writers with relatively neglected literary, social scientific, and visual texts. She examines antilynching plays by Angelina Weld Grimke as well as the provocative writings of white female eugenics field workers. English also analyzes the Crisis magazine as a family album filtering uplift through eugenics by means of photographic documentation of an ever-improving black race. English suggests that current scholarship often misreads early-twentieth-century visual, literary, and political culture by applying contemporary social and moral standards to the past. Du Bois, she argues, was actually more of a eugenicist than Eliot. Through such reconfiguration of the modern period, English creates an allegory for the American present: because eugenics was, in its time, widely accepted as a reasonable, progressive ideology, we need to consider the long-term implications of contemporary genetic engineering, fertility enhancement and control, and legislation promoting or discouraging family growth.

Complaints and Disorders

The Sexual Politics of Sickness
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich,Deirdre English
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558616950
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 173
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In the follow-up to the perennially classic study Witches, Midwives and Nurses (Feminist Press, 2010 - also available from Turnaround), Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdre English explore the evolution of the medical view of the female sex and how it has been used to reinforce the social view of women. Beginning in the late 19th century, women's inferiority was 'proven' through medical science. Today, the medical establishment still serves to give 'scientific justifications' for the sexist values of society.

Leben und studieren in den USA

Trainingsprogramm für Studenten, Schüler und Praktikanten
Author: Andrea Hufnagel,Alexander Thomas
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783525490648
Category: History
Page: 202
View: 1984
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Wer meint, die USA und die kulturellen Besonderheiten der Amerikaner aus Film und Fernsehen, Literatur und Musik zu kennen, der wird in den USA manch ungeahnte Überraschung erleben. Sich vorher mit der amerikanischen Kultur vertraut zu machen, kann durchaus sehr hilfreich sein, um wechselseitigen Irritationen vorzubeugen. Anhand von 40 typischen Alltagssituationen, wie sie von deutschen Studenten und Schülern, die in den USA gelebt haben, immer wieder berichtet und als problematisch erlebt werden, führen die Autoren mithilfe ihres systematischen Trainingsprogramms an die amerikanische Kultur heran. Kulturstandards werden genau in ihrer Wirkung und ihren kulturhistorischen Wurzeln erläutert, um das Verständnis und die Akzeptanz zu vertiefen und das Miteinander in den USA von Beginn an einfacher zu gestalten.

Ending Poverty in America

How to Restore the American Dream
Author: John Edwards,Marion Crain,Arne Kalleberg
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595587322
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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Is poverty a fact of life? Can the wealthiest nation in the world do nothing to combat the steadily rising numbers of Americans living in poverty—or the 50 million Americans living in “near poverty”? Senator John Edwards and some of the country’s most prominent scholars, businesspeople, and community activists say otherwise. Published in conjunction with one of the country’s leading anti-poverty centers, Ending Poverty in America brings together some of America’s most respected social scientists, including William Julius Wilson, Katherine S. Newman, and Richard B. Freeman, alongside journalists, neighborhood organizers, and business leaders. The voices heard here are both liberal and conservative, and tackle hot-button issues such as job creation, schools, housing, and family-friendly social policy. The contributors explain why poverty is growing and outline concrete steps that can be taken now to start turning the tide. In a political landscape seemingly bereft of daring and forward-thinking ideas, this new book lays out a path toward eliminating poverty in America—a template for a renewed public debate for an issue of intense urgency.

Writing: Ten Core Concepts


Author: Robert P. Yagelski
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305142683
Category: Education
Page: 880
View: 9711
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WRITING: TEN CORE CONCEPTS is based on ten fundamental lessons-the Core Concepts-that student writers must learn to become sophisticated writers. The thorough integration of these Core Concepts distinguishes the book from all other writing guides. Most composition textbooks present far more material than students could ever grasp and retain in a single semester. That approach ultimately waters down the most essential lessons students need to learn for their different writing tasks. Emphasizing writing as an interaction between a writer and a reader, WRITING: TEN CORE CONCEPTS offers students guidance in three main aims of writing and a way to participate in the important conversations that shape our lives. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Workers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]


Author: Robert E. Weir
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598847198
Category: History
Page: 920
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This encyclopedia traces the evolution of American workers and labor organizations from pre-Revolutionary America through the present day. • Suggested reading for each entry, including both print and online resources • A chronology of important labor highlights • 350 entries covering key topics

The Lonely American

Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century
Author: Jacqueline Olds,Richard S. Schwartz
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807000353
Category: Psychology
Page: 228
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In our culture it's more socially acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely. Yet loneliness is the inevitable by-product of our frenetic contemporary lifestyle. In this marvelously acute critique of how we live, Drs. Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz show how the American way of life can lead to social isolation. Calling on their extensive clinical experience, new social surveys, and recent research on the effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crimeeven global warming.

Moving Beyond Individualism in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Reflections on Theory, Theology, and Practice
Author: Barbara J. McClure
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877255
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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Despite astute critiques and available resources for alternative modes of thinking and practicing, individualism continues to be a dominating and constraining ideology in the field of pastoral psychotherapy and counseling. Philip Rieff was one of the first to highlight the negative implications of individualism in psychotherapeutic theories and practices. As heirs and often enthusiasts of the Freudian tradition of which Rieff and others are critical, pastoral theologians have felt the sting of his charge, and yet the empirical research that McClure presents shows that pastoral-counseling practitioners resist change. Their attempts to overcome an individualistic perspective have been limited and ineffective because individualism is embedded in the field's dominant theological and theoretical resources, practices, and organizational arrangements. Only a radical reappraisal of these will make possible pastoral counseling practices in a post-individualistic mode. McClure proposes several critical transformations: broadening and deepening the operative theologies used to guide the healing practice, expanding the role of the pastoral counselor, reimagining the operative anthropology, reclaiming sin and judgment, nuancing the particular against the individual, rethinking the ideal outcome of the practices, and reimagining the organizational structures that support the practices. Only this level of revisioning will enable this ministry of the church to move beyond its individualistic limitations and offer healing in more complex, effective, and socially adequate ways.

Rich and Poor in America

A Reference Handbook
Author: Geoffrey Gilbert
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598840568
Category: Social Science
Page: 275
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Looks at the causes and consequences of the growing income gap in the United States.

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History


Author: Andrew C. Isenberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199394474
Category: Science
Page: 640
View: 1905
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The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.

Gefrorener Schrei

Roman
Author: Tana French
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104035725
Category: Fiction
Page: 656
View: 8617
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Sie wollten einen richtig interessanten Fall – aber kein Spiel, das niemand kontrollieren kann. Der nervenaufreibende, abgründige neue Roman der renommierten Nr.1-Spiegel-Bestseller-Autorin Tana French. »Messerscharf, fesselnd, sprachlich außergewöhnlich und atmosphärisch eindringlich.« Harlan Coben Aislinn Murray ist jung, hübsch und liegt tot in ihrem Haus, der Tisch ist für ein romantisches Abendessen gedeckt. Wieder so eine klare Beziehungstat, denkt die Polizei. Doch bald stoßen die Detectives Antoinette Conway und Stephen Moran auf Ungereimtheiten. Und es wird immer offensichtlicher, dass jemand in der Mordkommission ihre Arbeit behindert. Weil sich Antoinette mit ihrer toughen Art Feinde gemacht hat? In einem explosiven Ermittlungskreisel wird nur eines immer deutlicher: Unschuldig ist hier niemand. »Meisterhaft, wie Tana French Stimmungen einfängt und geniale Plots konstruiert.« Washington Post

Der weiße Knochen


Author: Barbara Gowdy
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3956140044
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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In diesem Roman, der vollkommen aus der Perspektive afrikanischer Elefanten erzählt ist, schafft Barbara Gowdy eine ganz eigene Welt, ein Universum der Elefanten, zu der ihre Familienstammbäume genauso gehören wie ihre Gesänge und ihre spirituellen Vorstellungen. Und doch spiegelt sich in ihrer Welt unsere auf seltsame Weise.

The Anti-Education Era

Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning
Author: James Paul Gee
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1137324112
Category: Education
Page: 256
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One of the first champions of the positive effects of gaming reveals the dark side of today's digital and social media Today's schools are eager to use the latest technology in the classroom, but rather than improving learning, the new e-media can just as easily narrow students' horizons. Education innovator James Paul Gee first documented the educational benefits of gaming a decade ago in his classic What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Now, with digital and social media at the center of modern life, he issues an important warning that groundbreaking new technologies, far from revolutionizing schooling, can stymie the next generation's ability to resolve deep global challenges. The solution-and perhaps our children's future-lies in what Gee calls synchronized intelligence, a way of organizing people and their digital tools to solve problems, produce knowledge, and allow people to count and contribute. Gee explores important strategies and tools for today's parents, educators, and policy makers, including virtual worlds, artificial tutors, and ways to create collective intelligence where everyday people can solve hard problems. By harnessing the power of human creativity with interactional and technological sophistication we can finally overcome the limitations of today's failing educational system and solve problems in our high-risk global world. The Anti-Education Era is a powerful and important call to reshape digital learning, engage children in a meaningful educational experience, and bridge inequality.