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surviving America in the twenty-first century
VerfasserIn: Bruder, Jessica
Verfasserangabe: Jessica Bruder
Jahr: 2017
Verlag: New York, W. W. Norton & Company
Mediengruppe: Buch
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An award-winning journalist sets out on the road to explore the new phenomenon of “workampers” who are migrant workers made up of transient older Americans who took to the road after discovering that their social security came up short and their mortgages were underwater.
The author chronicles her time embedded in a pool of transient older Americans who have taken to the road in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads, migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers."
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.”On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald’s vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many othersâ€"including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May.In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economyâ€"one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable “Earthship” home, they have not given up hope.
The end of retirement?
Foreword -- The squeeze inn -- The end -- Surviving America -- Escape plan -- Amazon town -- The gathering place -- The rubber tramp rendezvous -- Halen -- Some unbeetable experiences -- The H word -- Homecoming -- Coda: the octopus in the coconut -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
VerfasserIn: Bruder, Jessica
VerfasserInnenangabe: Jessica Bruder
Jahr: 2017
Verlag: New York, W. W. Norton & Company
Systematik: GS.SA, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 978-0-393-24931-6
2. ISBN: 0-393-24931-X
Beschreibung: First edition, xiv, 273 Seiten : Illustrationen
Schlagwörter: Armut, Berufliche Mobilität, Berufstätigkeit, Finanzkrise, Rentner, Saisonarbeiter, Tagelöhner, USA, Wohnmobil, Amerikaner, Berufstätiger, Neue Armut, Saisonarbeit, Saisonarbeiterin, Wohnwagen, Amerika (USA), Arme Leute, Armer, Campingbus, EEUU (Abkürzung), Estados Unidos de America, Etats Unis, Etats-Unis, Finanzmarkt / Krise, Finanzmarktkrise, Kreditmarktkrise, Kreditwesen / Krise, Meiguo, Motorcaravan, Motorhome, Motorwohnwagen, Nordamerika <USA>, Reisemobil, Saisonarbeitskräfte, Saisonier, Saisonnier, US (Abkürzung), United States, United States of America, Van <Wohnmobil>, Verarmung, Vereinigte Staaten, Vereinigte Staaten von Nordamerika, Wanderarbeiter <Saisonarbeiter>, Wohnfahrzeug, Kraftfahrzeug, Soziale Situation, USA. Marine. Sea, Air, Land Teams, Wirtschaftskrise
Sprache: Englisch
Fußnote: Includes bibliographical references. -Text englisch. - Deutsche Ausgabe unter dem Titel: Nomaden der Arbeit
Mediengruppe: Buch