WorldCat Identities

Ehrenreich, Barbara

Overview
Works: 243 works in 814 publications in 7 languages and 41,828 library holdings
Genres: History  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: HD4918, 305.569092
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about  Barbara Ehrenreich Publications about Barbara Ehrenreich
Publications by  Barbara Ehrenreich Publications by Barbara Ehrenreich
Most widely held works by Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
44 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 6,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author 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, she 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," and 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. This work reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity, a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategems for survival. Read it for the author'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, quite the same way again. In her new afterword she explains why, ten years on in America this book is more relevant than ever
Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,905 WorldCat member 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 )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,337 WorldCat member 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
Witches, midwives, and nurses : a history of women healers by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
47 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published by the Feminist Press in 1973, Witches, Midwives & Nurses is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in the demonizing of women healers. With insight and originality, the authors have woven together stories about the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, the emergence of the Popular Health Movement, and an analysis of the contemporary state of medicine in relation to women's rights. In a new introduction written for this special edition, Ehrenreich and English discuss how this crucial text emerged, how much has changed, and how "for all our gains, we clearly have our work cut out for us." --from back cover
Global woman : nannies, maids, and sex workers in the new economy ( Book )
29 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,858 WorldCat member 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 )
31 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and held by 1,807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1e uitg.: 1978
Fear of falling : the inner life of the middle class by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
20 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 1,731 WorldCat member 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 )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author's second work of satirical commentary reflects on one of the cruelest decades in memory, the 2000s, 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
Dancing in the streets : a history of collective joy by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
16 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,625 WorldCat member 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
Blood rites : origins and history of the passions of war by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
23 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,556 WorldCat member 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
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 1,547 WorldCat member 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
The hearts of men : American dreams and the flight from commitment by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
24 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An explanation of recent sexual culture and the loosening of marriage bonds over the past 20 years
Nickel and dimed on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To discover how others exist on minimum wage, the author leaves her home, takes the cheapest lodgings she can find, and accepts whatever jobs she's offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she works variously as a waitress, nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She learned many things, including the fact that one job is not enough: you need at least two if you intend to live indoors
Complaints and disorders; the sexual politics of sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
23 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and held by 1,115 WorldCat member 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 the 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"--Provided by publisher
The sixties the years that shaped a generation ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,050 WorldCat member 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
Re-making love : the feminization of sex by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
14 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Long March, short spring; the student uprising at home and abroad by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
9 editions published between 1969 and 1997 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The American health empire: power, profits, and politics. [A report from the Health Policy Advisory Center (Health-PAC)] by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
15 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At the heart of work and family engaging the ideas of Arlie Hochschild by Anita Ilta Garey ( )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"At the Heart of Work and Family presents original research on work and family by scholars who engage and build on the conceptual framework developed by well-known sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild. These concepts, such as 'the second shift,' 'the economy of gratitude,' 'emotion work,' 'feeling rules,' 'gender strategies,' and 'the time bind,' are basic to sociology and have shaped both popular discussions and academic study. The common thread in these essays covering the gender division of housework, childcare networks, families in the global economy, and children of consumers is the incorporation of emotion, feelings, and meaning into the study of working families. These examinations, like Hochschild's own work, connect micro-level interaction to larger social and economic forces and illustrate the continued relevance of linking economic relations to emotional ones for understanding contemporary work-family life"--Provided by publisher
The snarling citizen : essays by Barbara Ehrenreich ( Book )
4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member 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
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.30 (from 0.00 for Nickel and ... to 1.00 for Socialist ...)
Alternative Names
Ehrenreich, Barbara Alexander
Ehrenrich, Bárbara
ארנרייך, ברברה
エーレンライク, バーバラ
Languages
English (381)
German (8)
French (7)
Turkish (1)
Portuguese (1)
Greek, Modern (1)
Spanish (1)
Covers