Related Resources

This page offers links to more information on Nickel and Dimed, as well as additional readings and resources for those wanting to explore further the issues of class and economic differences.

Brunswick Community Readers: Access to many resources differs for Brunswick and Bowdoin community readers. Many articles are accessible to both communities through the state of Maine Marvel database page, while others are licensed Bowdoin resources with user limitations.  When available, article links are provided (Marvel requires a free registration).  If you have any difficulty obtaining an article or if you would like to place an ILL request for a book not available in the Curtis Memorial Library collection, please contact the Curtis reference desk for assistance.

About Nickel and Dimed – Reviews, excerpts, interviews and other sources

Barbara Ehrenreich’s own web page for Nickel and Dimed offers many resources. A few highlights are among the entries listed below…

Reviews…

Prole Like Me by Steve Early, Nation.com, 2001. (This article appeared in the June 11, 2001 edition of The Nation.)

Scraping By by Laura Miller, Salon.com, May 9, 2001.

“Denied the Fruits of Their Labors” by Robin Corey, Dissent, Fall, 2001, p. 131. (BrunswickBowdoin)

“Nickel and Dimed” by Rhonda Sharpe, Feminist Economics, July 2002, p. 227.  (BrunswickBowdoin)

“Trading Places” by Christine Curran, Public Interest, Winter2002, p. 141.  (BrunswickBowdoin)

Excerpts…

Excerpt from the Afterward from Nickel and Dimed (2011 Edition) in the Huffington Post, Aug 8, 2011

An article titled “Nickel-And-Dimed” that precedes the book’s publication, in Harper’s Magazine, January 1999, p.37.  (BrunswickBowdoin)

Interviews…

Nickel and Dimed,’ 10 years later – a brief interview with Barbara Ehrenreich from marketplace.org. (Audio podcast as well as text.)

Nickel and Dimed’, NPR, September 27, 2002. Discussion about the book and subsequent play. (Audio)   “Writer Barbara Ehrenreich’s best-selling account of her undercover investigation into the lives of the working poor is now a play. As a way of confronting its middle and upper class audiences with a subject they may not have considered much…”

The View From Below” in Multinational Monitor, October 2001, p. 19. (BrunswickBowdoin)

Discussion…

Reading and discussion questions from SUNY – Brockport, NY
Reading Group Guide from Ehrenreich’s web site.
Book Discussion Guide from NoveList (Brunswick – Bowdoin)

Beyond Nickel and Dimed – Additional Resources on Class and Economic Difference

A few places to start…

Changing poverty and changing antipoverty policies” by Maria Cancian, Focus, Fall 2009.

Harder for Americans to Rise from Lower Rungs” by Jason De Parle, New York Times, January 4, 2012.

Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin – “a university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan.”

Working Poor: invisible in America by David Shipler, 2004. Also at (BrunswickBowdoin and Bowdoin ebook).

For more information…

Websites

Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin – “a university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan.”

Living Wage Calculator  – from Penn State University

Maine Center for Economic Policy – Ideas for shared prosperity

Report on poverty – prepared by Maine State Planning. 2011.

Stanford Center for Study of Inequality and Poverty  – The program “seeks answers to two questions: 1. Why is the United States so unequal and poverty-stricken? 2. What can or should be done about it?”

Working Poor Families Project – here’s a snapshot of Maine

Books

For those books available only at the Bowdoin College Library, readers without a Bowdoin card should contact the Curtis Memorial Library reference desk for ILL assistance.

American dream: three women, ten kids, and a nation’s drive to end welfare by Jason DeParle, 2005. (Also Brunswick.)

Changing Poverty, Changing Policies  by Maria Cancian, 2009.

Class matters by correspondents of the New York Times, 2005.

Closing the food gap : resetting the table in the land of plenty by Mark Winne, 2009. (Also Bowdoin ebook.)

Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of the Elites by Mitchell Stevens, 2009. (Also Bowdoin ebook.)

Getting by on the minimum: the lives of working-class women by Jennifer Johnson, 2002.

The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values  by Nancy Folbre, 2002.

The missing class: portraits of the near poor in America by Katherine Newman, 2007.

No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City by Katherine Newman, 2000. (Also Bowdoin ebook.)

Promises I can keep: why poor women put motherhood before marriage by Kathryn Edin, 2005. (Also Bowdoin ebook.)

The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing affects Our Health and Longevity by Michael Marmot, 2004. (Also Brunswick.)

Working Poor: invisible in America by David Shipler, 2004. Also at (BrunswickBowdoin and Bowdoin ebook).

Journal articles and reports

If you have any difficulty obtaining articles please contact the Curtis Memorial Library reference desk for assistance.

At Risk: America’s Poor During and After the Great RecessionSchool of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University Bloomington, January 2012.

“Black death, White death” by Deborah Carr, contexts, October 2005. (Bowdoin)

Changing poverty and changing antipoverty policies” by Maria Cancian, Focus, Fall 2009.

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Monica Wood, DownEast.com, November 2009.

“The compassion gap in American poverty policy.” By Fred Black, contexts, April 2006. (Bowdoin)

Enduring influences of childhood poverty” by Katherine Magnuson, Focus, Fall 2009.

Harder for Americans to Rise from Lower Rungs” by Jason De Parle, New York Times, January 4, 2012.

“The Health Divide” by Lisa Berkman, contexts, October 2004. (Bowdoin)

Household Food Security in the United States in 2010” USDA Economic Research Report No. (ERR-125), September 2011

Memberships theory of poverty: The role of group affiliations in determining socioeconomic outcomes” by Steven N. Durlauf, Focus, Fall 2000.

Mobility in the United States in comparative perspective” by Katherine Magnuson, Focus, Fall 2009.

The Phony Class War”  by James Taranto, Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2012.

Poverty in the United States” by Austin Nichols, Urban Institute, 2011.

Poverty levels and trends in comparative perspective” by Daniel R. Meyer, Focus, Fall 2009.

Poverty politics and policy” by Mary Jo Bane, Focus, Fall 2009.

“Social Determinants of Health Inequalities” by Michael Marmot, Lancet, March 19, 2005. (Brunswick and Bowdoin)

Survey Finds Rising Perception of Class Tension” by Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, January 11, 2012.

What does it mean to be poor in a rich society?” by Robert Haveman, Focus, Fall 2009.

Videos from the Bowdoin College Library

People Like Us, PBS documentary, 2001.
Unnatural causes: is inequality making us sick?, 2008.
Tavis Smiley Hosts Symposium on Poverty in America, C-SPAN, January 12, 2012
Waging a Living, 2006.