Posted: February 13th, 2023
American society has changed significantly since then, including drastic shifts in the economy due to the global financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent recession. If Ehrenreich were to attempt another “experimental” journey today, she would face some very different challenges than she did two decades ago.
The most obvious difference would be regarding housing costs and availability; while low-income apartments may have been an option during Ehrenreich’s travels (especially since rent control still existed in 1998), this type of accommodation has become increasingly difficult to secure in recent years due to rising housing prices across much of the country and gentrification driving out low-income residents from urban cores. Finding an affordable place to live, even if only temporarily, could prove exceptionally challenging for someone trying to survive on minimum wages today compared with what might have been possible during the late 1990s.
Overall, given the changes outlined above along with other factors such as improved workplace legislation protecting employees’ rights over pay disputes etc., one can assume that surviving on minimum payments alone would be far more challenging for someone attempting what Barbara Ehrenrich did back then – even if they managed somehow find adequate accommodation somehow.. Therefore we can conclude that any experiment similar undertaken by someone today would be deeply impacted by our current economic climate – providing us all with an unflattering reminder about how little progress has been made towards creating genuinely livable conditions for lower income individuals despite two decades passing since her original journey took place..
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