Most widely held works about Barbara Ehrenreich
Most widely held works by Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
61 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 5,068 libraries worldwide
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 -- could be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered as a woefully inexperienced homemaker returning to the workforce. So began a grueling, hair raising, and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. 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 intend to live indoors.
Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 2,797 libraries worldwide
Ehrenreich enters the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a job--undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then 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. This book highlights the people who've done everything right, yet have become vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding "surplus" employees--plunging them into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers--and little security even for those who have jobs. --From publisher description.
Bright-sided : how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
23 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,271 libraries worldwide
A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism, existential clarity and courage.
Dancing in the streets : a history of collective joy by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
20 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Turkish and held by 1,663 libraries worldwide
"Cultural historian Ehrenreich explores a human impulse that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, historically expressed in ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing. She uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although 16th-century Europeans viewed mass festivities as foreign and "savage," Ehrenreich shows that they were indigenous to the West, from the ancient Greeks to medieval Christianity. Ultimately, church officials drove the festivities into the streets, Protestants criminalized carnival, Wahhabist Muslims battled ecstatic Sufism, European colonizers wiped out native dance rites. The elites' fear that such gatherings would undermine social hierarchies was justified: the festive tradition inspired uprisings and revolutions from France to the Caribbean to the American plains. Yet outbreaks of group revelry persist, as Ehrenreich shows, pointing to the 1960s rock-and-roll rebellion and the more recent "carnivalization" of sports.--From publisher description."--Source other than the Library of Congress.
Global woman : nannies, maids, and sex workers in the new economy ( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,651 libraries worldwide
In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives of women worldwide. Women are moving around the globe as never before. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles, there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Each year, millions leave Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. The migrant nanny--or cleaning woman, nursing care attendant, maid--eases a "care deficit" in rich countries, while her absence creates a "care deficit" back home. Confronting a range of topics, from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles and the selling of Thai girls to Japanese brothels, "Global woman offers an unprecedented look at a world shaped by mass migration and economic exchange on an ever-increasing scale. In fifteen vivid essays--of which only four have been previously published--by a diverse and distinguished group of writers, collected and introduced by best selling authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from the third world is no longer gold or silver, but love.
For her own good : 150 years of the experts' advice to women by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
23 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and held by 1,647 libraries worldwide
Fear of falling : the inner life of the middle class by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
15 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 1,641 libraries worldwide
An analysis of the professional middle class from the liberal elite of the 1960s to the yuppies of the 1980s and the amount of power and influence they wield over the American culture.
This land is their land : reports from a divided nation by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,633 libraries worldwide
The author's second work of satirical commentary reflects on one of the cruelest decades in memory, the 2000's, in which she finds a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty. Her first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives, was about the Reagan era. The one problem was the title: couldn't some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives, far worse, were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in this book she subjects them to biting and incisive satire. Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, she finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. Her anecdotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.
The worst years of our lives : irreverent notes from a decade of greed by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 1,534 libraries worldwide
Ehrenreich here reprints a selection of her elegantly satirical essays that were originally published in Ms., Mother Jones and other journals during the Reagan years, articles in which she skewers political figures and others for causing a decay in human values. A strong sense of the ridiculous informs Ehrenreich's attack on those she judges guilty: phony evangelists, moneyed polluters and developers, Wall Street bandits, officials heedless of the poor. There are pieces on Nancy Reagan's memoir My Turn and on Oliver North as warrior prince of the secret government. The book has its critics, but Ehrenreich could also promote healthy rebellions in her role as someone who doesn't suffer fools at all, let alone grudgingly.--adapted from Publishers Weekly.
Blood rites : origins and history of the passions of war by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
19 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 1,529 libraries worldwide
"In Blood Rites, renowned social critic Barbara Ehrenreich confronts a subject that has challenged thinkers from Homer to Freud: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind of sacred undertaking? Ehrenreich takes us on an original journey from the grasslands of prehistoric Africa to the trenches of Verdun, from the spectacular human sacrifices of precolonial Central America to the carnage and holocaust of twentieth-century "total war."" "Sifting through the fragile records of prehistory, Ehrenreich discovers the wellspring of war in an unexpected place - not in a "killer instinct" unique to the males of our species, nor in our Paleolithic hunting tradition, but in the blood rites early humans performed to reenact their terrifying experience of predation by stronger carnivores. It is in these ancient blood rites that Ehrenreich finds the first form of organized, socially sanctioned violence - and the spiritual antecedent of war." "Moving into historical time, Ehrenreich traces the evolution of war from the sacred undertaking of a privileged warrior caste to the central rite of the mass religion we know today as nationalism and shows the persistence of ancient fears in the most modern rituals and passions of war."--BOOK JACKET.
Witches, midwives, and nurses : a history of women healers by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
32 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,398 libraries worldwide
Traditionally women have been healers who also used empirical evidence and proven techniques to heal. Yet male "doctors", who based their healing practices on the whims of the Church, continuously tried to discredit these successful healers. Throughout the 14th-17th centuries in Europe, these doctors labeled women healers witches and had them executed to maintain their authority and their authority and that of the Church and the ruling class. These witches treated peasants and may have led peasant rebellions. Another way of barring women from the male and, supposedly, "correct" system was establishing medical schools in Medieval Europe which barred women. These techniques were successful in that the emerging middle classes viewed traditional women healers as superstitious and even went so far as to allow males into the last preserve of female healing--midwifery. In colonial America and the early years of the US, women partook equally in people's medicine. Anyone who claimed to heal--regardless of sex, race, or formal training- -could practice medicine. In the early 1800s, however, a group of male, middle class "regular" doctors began their campaign to rid the US of lay practitioners. The Popular Health Movement of the 1830s-1840s set them back, however, and the working class denounced medical elitism. On the offensive in 1848, the regulars formed a national professional organization called the American Medical Association. This began the suppression of women practitioners which included suggesting that respectable women would not travel at night and barring women from medical schools. Further, the medical profession put pressure on states to outlaw midwifery and allow doctors only to practice obstetrics. Nursing remained that last female domain in health and, due to nurse reformers, nurses became subservient, patient, obedient helpers. Women had found their "rightful" place in medicine.
The hearts of men : American dreams and the flight from commitment by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
11 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 1,332 libraries worldwide
Complaints and disorders; the sexual politics of sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
13 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and held by 996 libraries worldwide
"From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the medical profession has consistently treated women as weak and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise history of the sexual politics of medical practices shows how this biomedical rationale was used to justify sex discrimination throughout the culture, and how its vestiges are evident in abortion policy and other reproductive rights struggles today.<B>Barbara Ehrenreich</B> is the author of many bestselling books, including Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.<B>Deirdre English</B>, former editor of Mother Jones magazine, is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism"--Provided by publisher.
Re-making love : the feminization of sex by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 966 libraries worldwide
The sixties the years that shaped a generation ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 939 libraries worldwide
This documentary features revealing interviews with the prominent figures of the era including: Barbara Ehrenreich, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesse Jackson, Tom Hayden, Arlo Guthrie, Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Robert McNamara, Ed Messe III and Bobby Seale.
Long March, short spring; the student uprising at home and abroad by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
7 editions published between 1969 and 1997 in English and held by 914 libraries worldwide
The American health empire: power, profits, and politics. [A report from the Health Policy Advisory Center (Health-PAC) by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
10 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 822 libraries worldwide
The snarling citizen : essays by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 781 libraries worldwide
In this collection of essays, her first since the best-selling The Worst Years of Our Lives, Barbara Ehrenreich delves into the soul of the 1990s in search of the American zeitgeist after "The Decade of Greed." What she finds is a sour passivity. Only a homicidal car-rental spokesman or penis-severing small-town manicurist can induce a brief outbreak of giddiness. The youthful, pumped-up look has given way to menopause chic, and our biggest hope for a national health program is that it will provide coverage for Dr. Jack Kevorkian's services. Even channel surfing may have to be automated soon if the current listlessness continues.
For her own good : two centuries of the experts' advice to women by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 595 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.
Women in the global factory by Annette Fuentes ( Book )
5 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and Hebrew and held by 579 libraries worldwide
Audiobooks Collective behavior College students--Political activity Displaced workers Downward mobility (Social sciences) Fasts and feasts Feminism Festivals Happiness History Humor Job hunting Marriage Maternal and infant welfare Medical ethics Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric Men--Psychology Middle class--Attitudes Midwives Minimum wage Minority women--Employment Nannies Nineteen sixties Nurses Optimism Political science Poverty Prostitution Self-confidence Sex role Social history Social problems Spectacular, The Student movements Success in business United States Unskilled labor War War--Psychological aspects White collar workers Women's health services--Social aspects Women's rights Women--Employment Women foreign workers Women--Health and hygiene--Sociological aspects Women household employees Women in medicine Women--Sexual behavior Women--Social conditions Working poor
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