In her evaluation, Ehrenreich explains some of the ways in which she tries to make middle- and upper-income people rethink their understandings of low-wage work. How does she do this?
As Ehrenreich explains, though one might think someone who has a Ph.D. could easily hold down a low-wage job, the first thing Ehrenreich learned is that no job is “unskilled": each requires concentration, new terms, new tools, and new skills. Through this, Ehrenreich seeks to show a middle- or upper-class reader the complexities of low-wage labor.
In addition, throughout the book, Ehrenreich has chronicled in detail just how much brutal physical labor is required in jobs like the ones she...
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