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By Barbara Ehrenreich

The bestselling writer of Nickel and Dimed is going again undercover to do for America’s ill center classification what she did for the operating poor

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage employees. Now, in Bait and turn, she enters one other hidden realm of the economic system: the shadowy international of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a believable résumé of a pro “in transition,” she makes an attempt to land a middle-class job—undergoing occupation training and character checking out, then trawling a sequence of EST-like boot camps, activity gala's, networking occasions, and evangelical job-search ministries. She will get a picture makeover, works to undertaking a successful angle, but is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected.

Bait and turn highlights the folk who’ve performed every thing right—gotten university levels, built marketable talents, and outfitted up striking résumés—yet became again and again prone to bankruptcy, and never easily as a result vagaries of the enterprise cycle. Today’s ultra-lean organisations take pleasure in laying off their “surplus” employees—plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight area of white-collar unemployment, the place task looking turns into a full-time activity in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social helps for those newly disposable workers—and little safeguard even when you have jobs.

Like the now vintage Nickel and Dimed, Bait and turn is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of financial cruelty the place we least count on it.

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At this point, these individuals not only find themselves socially dislocated, but, more specifically, have become ‘available’. This is the condition, for example, experienced by many unemployed industrial 24 Twenty-First Century Populism workers who were attracted by the Nazis. Third, they may be too much preoccupied with making a living to join any organization, and the few existing organizations might either seem unappealing and/or reluctant to take in new members. In this scenario, individuals therefore find themselves socially isolated and more exposed to populist leaders offering an experience of (albeit subordinate) involvement and participation.

Populist leaders do not represent the people, rather they consider Populism and Democracy 21 themselves − and succeed in being considered − an integral part of the people. They are of the people. For their part, the people acclaim the populist leader as one of them, but, at the same time, consider him/her better than them and recognize that s/he is endowed with the (often allegedly charismatic) qualities to lead them. Which elements of the political culture are most conducive to the shaping of populist mentalities?

Definitions and clarifications According to many authors, democracy is a very elusive concept. Indeed, some years ago, David Collier and Steven Levitsky attempted to identify all the adjectives used to accompany and to specify the term ‘democracy’, although many specifications manipulate the concept and, more or less deliberately, end up distorting it (Collier and Levitsky, 1997). Incidentally, it is interesting to note that ‘populist democracy’ does not appear in Collier and Levitsky’s list. While the concept of democracy may well stand on its own, given its long and revered history, the adjective most frequently used to accompany democracy is, without doubt, ‘liberal’ (subordinately: ‘constitutional’).

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