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Ehrenreich, Barbara

Works: 246 works in 1,041 publications in 14 languages and 43,414 library holdings
Genres: History  Creative nonfiction  Documentary films  Biography  Humor  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Internet videos  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction, Narrator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

46 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 6,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor. Author Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in blue-collar America. What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers often take multiple low-paying jobs just to keep a roof overhead
Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bait and Switch highlights the people who've done everything right - gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes - yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultralean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees - plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job-searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, America's middle class is now the loser in a classic game of bait and switch, in which the promise of upward mobility and financial security has given way to a harsh reality of limited social supports for newly disposable workers - and no guarantees even for those who have jobs."--Publishers note
Bright-sided : how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,281 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. "Confronts the false promises of positive thinking and shows its reach into every corner of American life, from Evangelical megachurches to the medical establishment, and, worse of all, to the business community, where the refusal to consider negative outcomes -- like mortgage defaults -- contributed directly to the current economic disaster." The author sees personal self-blame and national denial as the "downside of positive thinking."
Global woman : nannies, maids, and sex workers in the new economy by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

37 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,816 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
Witches, midwives, and nurses : a history of women healers by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

56 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in English and held by 1,770 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."--Back cover
For her own good : 150 years of the experts' advice to women by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

46 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1e uitg.: 1978
This land is their land : reports from a divided nation by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,674 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 )

33 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,636 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
The worst years of our lives : irreverent notes from a decade of greed by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,462 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 )

30 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and German and held by 1,346 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 )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,243 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.--
Blood rites : origins and history of the passions of war by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1,141 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."--Jacket
Fear of falling : the inner life of the middle class by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 1,122 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
Complaints and disorders; the sexual politics of sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

31 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this exciting sequel to their underground bestseller, Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English document the tradition of American sexism in medicine before and after the turn of the century. Citing vivid examples, including numerous "treatments" and "rest cures" perpetrated on women through the decades, the authors analyze the biomedical rationale used to justify the wholesale sex discrimination throughout our culture-in education, in jobs, and in public life. Ever since Hippocrates, male medics have treated women as the "weaker" sex. By the late 19th century, when the authority of religious documents had waned, the ultimate rationale for sex discrimination became solely biomedical. In this intriguing pamphlet, the authors raise the diffuclt question: "How sick-or well-are women today?" They assert that feminists today want more than "more": "We want a new style, and we want a new substance of medical practice as it relates to women."
The sixties : the years that shaped a generation( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,057 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 )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long March, short spring; the student uprising at home and abroad by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 1997 in English and held by 865 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 )

22 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pink Ribbons, Inc. by Ravida Din( Visual )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pink ribbons, the symbol of the breast cancer prevention movement, are everywhere: T-shirts, hats, yogurt cups, KFC buckets, car ads, NFL stadiums - the list goes on and on. They make people feel good, as if engaged in a successful battle against breast cancer. But who is really benefiting? More and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Wouldn't it be something if some of the very companies that profit from their pink marketing campaigns have actually contributed to the epidemic by selling known carcinogens?
Arbeit poor : unterwegs in der Dienstleistungsgesellschaft by Barbara Ehrenreich( Book )

46 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America
Alternative Names
Alexander, Barbara 1941-

Barbara Ehrenreich American writer and journalist

Barbara Ehrenreich Amerikaans journaliste

Barbara Ehrenreich amerykańska pisarka i dziennikarka

Barbara Ehrenreich US-amerikanische Publizistin und Investigativjournalistin

Barbara Ehrenreichová

Ehrenreich, Barbara 1941-

Ehrenreich, Barbara Alexander

Ehrenrich, Bárbara

Барбара Еренрайх

Эренрейх, Барбара

אהרנריך, ברברה

ארנרייך, ברברה

ארנריך, ברברה

ברברה ארנרייך

עהרנרייך, ברברה

ערענרייך, ברברה

에런라이크, 바버라 1941-

에렌라이히, 바바라 1941-

エーレンライク, バーバラ


Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dreamBright-sided : how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined AmericaGlobal woman : nannies, maids, and sex workers in the new economyWitches, midwives, and nurses : a history of women healersFor her own good : 150 years of the experts' advice to womenThis land is their land : reports from a divided nationDancing in the streets : a history of collective joyThe hearts of men : American dreams and the flight from commitment