Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

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In "Serving in Florida," how does Ehrenreich make the narrative stance as both an outsider and insider work? Does she make abrupt shifts or not? Explain.

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Throughout Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores the dynamics of trying to maintain two contrasting positions. While in some ways, her book is a work of investigative journalism for which she went undercover as a low-wage employee, in other ways it is an introspective, reflexive personal statement about the impact her findings had on her. Perhaps because it was the first installment, “Serving in Florida,” presents those two missions with a number of abrupt transitions.

It is not always clear whether the insights she had into the dynamics of the interactions with other workers actually occurred to her while the events were transpiring or if she is adding ideas that she thought of after the fact. Much of the tension in the various situations is derived from the necessity for...

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