This means they have to settle with weekly hotel rooms, which end up being more expensive, yet are the only affordable option because they don’t require large down payments.
Transportation is another common factor; if one is a member of the working poor they likely do not have their own car and have to rely on public transportation.
It has also been shown that this inequality and social stratification can be linked to to anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and other stress-related disorders (Booth 2010).
It is because of this constantly present inequality that I believe Ehrenreich’s book most accurately represents conflict theory.
There are also numerous consequences for population health in societies with a larger economic inequality.
Researchers have found that these societies have a slightly lower life expectancy, and a higher incidence of social and health problems like incarceration rates, teenage births, mental illness, obesity, education and others (Wilkinson and Pickett 2009).At one point in the book, Ehrenreich remarks, “Maybe, it occurs to me, that I’m getting a tiny glimpse of what it would be like to be black (p.100).” This is a slightly good point because, while we as a society view class as an achieved status, oftentimes it is fixed and ascribed much like race.Instead there is the ever-present conflict between the rich and working class.It is shown by both Ehrenreich’s book and in the real world that the working poor are blocked from advancing in society by many different obstacles.74).” This sort of paints a picture in the readers head as to how the company views and treats its employees: like they are mindless robots whose only purpose is to serve the business. The rich view the working poor as a group in society that is made to be taken advantage of, very similar to Karl Marx’ view of the proletariat.In their eyes it fulfills the structural-functionalism paradigm of society-as many say, “someone has to do it”.Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, published in 2001 by Barbara Ehrenreich, is a book in which the author goes “undercover” and investigates the lives of the working poor by living and working in similar conditions.The book demonstrates fairly well two social paradigms, namely conflict theory (inspired by Marx and Weber) and structural-functionalism (inspired by Talcott Parsons).The video itself is slightly demeaning, almost as if made to be watched by young children.In one part of the video, the man giving instructions says “See, I am the vacuum cleaner (p.