Getting by in Hard Times

Gendered Labour at Home and on the Job
Author: Meg Luxton,June Shirley Corman
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802007834
Category: Social Science
Page: 326
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Describes the experiences of daily life for predominantly white, working class women and men during the period of ?economic restructuring? begun in the 1980s.

Nickel and Dimed

On (Not) Getting By in America
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 9781429926645
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything -- from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal -- in quite the same way again.

Elections in Hard Times

Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century
Author: Thomas Edward Flores,Irfan Nooruddin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107132134
Category: Political Science
Page: 300
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Demonstrates why elections fail to promote democracy when countries lack democratic experience and are held during civil conflict.

Hard Times


Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780141439679
Category: Fiction
Page: 321
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Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Kate Flint.

Reconsidering Knowledge

Feminism and the Academy
Author: Meg Luxton,Mary Jane Mossman
Publisher: Fernwood Books Limited
ISBN: 9781552664766
Category: Education
Page: 168
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The impact of feminist thinking on contemporary knowledge is examined in this intriguing study. Emerging from the 2009 lecture series “Feminist Knowledge Reconsidered: Feminism and the Academy,” this book covers current ideas about feminism in relation to education, society, and the future potential for feminist research and teaching in the university context. Connecting early stories of women who defied their exclusion from knowledge creation to contemporary challenges for feminism in universities, this collection assesses how feminist knowledge has influenced dominant thinking and transformed teaching and learning. It also focuses on the challenges for feminism as corporatization redefines the role of universities in a global world. The essays reflect on both historical and contemporary themes from a diversity of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, but they are united in their exploration of how feminism’s continuing contribution to knowledge remains significant, even fundamental, to the transformation of knowledge in both the academy and the world.

Across the Wire

Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border
Author: Luis Urrea
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307773746
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator" of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States. More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most impossible odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hard Goals : The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be


Author: Mark Murphy
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071754237
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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“Ever felt like you weren’t reaching your goals as fast as you would like? HARD GoalsK shows you how to change your thinking and get on the path to tremendous achievement!” --Marshall Goldsmith, world-renowned executive coach and author of the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There “Hard Goals is full of fascinating insights regarding how to get yourself to achieve things you never thought possible, and Murphy’s key ideas have strong research support. . . . If you want to achieve something great or important in your life, this is the book for you.” —Edwin A. Locke, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland “If you want a mediocre life, set ho-hum goals. If you want a life filled with excellence and meaning, set HARD Goals. This book shows you how to set HARD Goals and love every minute of achieving them. The end result? Winning in life and unparalleled fulfillment.” Lyle Nelson, four-time Olympian and author of Spirit of Champions “Every company has goals these days. So why do most goals fall short? Why do leaders keep setting the same failed goals year after year? HARD Goals gives you the cutting-edge science to engage every employee in pursuing and achieving extraordinary goals. No more procrastination, foot-dragging, or giving up. With HARD Goals, your organization will achieve astonishing results. Every CEO, manager, and employee needs to read this book!” Kevin M. Andrews, President, SmartBen Want to increase sales? Get promoted? Change the world? There’s a goal for that . . . Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, the school teacher next door who amassed a million-dollar fortune . . . Did these people succeed because they were more motivated or because they were more disciplined? The answer to both questions is yes—but not in the ways you might think. Anyone can achieve extraordinary things. The secret is setting goals that test the very limits of your abilities. In Hard Goals, Mark Murphy, the acclaimed author of Hundred Percenters, explains the science behind getting from where you are to where you want to be in your career, business, and life. Leadership IQ, Murphy’s top-rated leadership training consultancy, studied nearly 5,000 workers from virtually every field and found that extraordinary goals—the kind that got America to the moon and back, developed the iPod, created nanotechnology, and helped individuals overcome tremendous personal adversity—stimulate and engage the brain in ways that are profoundly different from the goals most people set. Research conducted for this book revealed that people who set Hard goals are up to 75 percent more fulfilled than people with easy goals. In these pages, Mark Murphy explains how success, and the satisfaction it brings, comes from knowing how to set goals that are: Heartfelt—have an emotional attachment, “scratch an existential itch.” Animated—motivated by a vision, that movie that plays over and over in your mind. Required—imbued with such a sense of urgency that you have no other choice but to start acting on them right here, right now. Difficult—the greatest achievements come from the toughest challenges—but they also leave you feeling stronger, smarter, and more fulfilled. People set goals all the time, but the majority end up unfulfilled or abandoned. With all the challenges facing us today, we could use a little more achievement. Hard Goals can help us get there by offering the hard science and practical techniques to conquer procrastination and unlock your brain’s potential for realizing your goals.

Help for The Hard Times

Getting Through Loss
Author: Earl Hipp
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1592859240
Category: Self-Help
Page: 140
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Earl Hipp addresses loss and discusses young people's experiences to help you provide students with tools to grieve and ways to keep their losses from becoming too overwhelming. Earl Hipp addresses loss from the perspective of the heart. He discusses young people's experiences with loss and helps them figure out ways to continue functioning after loss. You will provide students with tools to grieve and ways to keep their losses from becoming too overwhelming. This book, along with the Caring Circle: A Facilitator's Guide to Support Groups and Thirty-Eight Great Handouts are all part of a complete curriculum to use in developing broad-based support groups for young people ages 12 and older. Other books that can be purchased that are part of this program to help teens in specific areas are:-Feed Your Head (Self-Esteem) -Fighting Invisible Tigers (Stress) -Understanding the Human Volcano (Violence)

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

How to Get By Without Even Trying
Author: Sarah Cooper
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 1449483216
Category: Humor
Page: 176
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You know those subtle tricks your coworkers are all guilty of? The constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions? These tricks make them seem like they know what they’re doing when in fact they have no clue. This behavior is so ingrained, so subtle, and so often mistaken for true intelligence that identifying it, calling it out, or compiling it into an exhaustive digest has never been attempted. Until now. Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, 100 Tricks gives you actionable ways to use words like “actionable,” in order to sound smart. Every type of meeting is covered, from general meetings where you stopped paying attention almost immediately, to one-on-one meetings you zoned out on, to impromptu meetings you were painfully subjected to at the last minute. It’s all here. Open this book to any page and find an easy-to-digest trick with an even easier-to-digest illustration, guiding you on: how to nail the big meeting by pacing and nodding most effective ways to listen to your coworkers while still completely ignoring them the key to making your presentations “interactive.” If you hadn’t noticed these behaviors before, you will see them now—from your colleagues, your managers, and soon yourself. Each trick is a mirror to the reality of what happens in meetings, told in the form of hilariously bad advice—advice that you might just want to take. But probably not. But maybe.

Work in Tumultuous Times

Critical Perspectives
Author: Vivian Shalla,Wallace Clement
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 077357722X
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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Using a progressive approach to political economy, contributors propose alternative policies and practices that might secure more decent livelihoods for workers and their families.

When Things Fall Apart

Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Author: Pema Chodron
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590302265
Category: Religion
Page: 185
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Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chodrons radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and ex pectations.--from back cover.

Time, Globalization and Human Experience

Interdisciplinary Explorations
Author: Paul Huebener,Susie O'Brien,Tony Porter,Liam Stockdale,Yanqiu Rachel Zhou
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131552211X
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
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This edited volume focuses on the intersection of time and globalization, as manifested across a variety of economic, political, cultural, and environmental contexts. Since David Harvey’s influential characterization of globalization as "time-space compression", ample research has looked at the spatial aspect of the phenomenon, yet few have focused on globalization’s temporal aspects. Meanwhile, other publications have analysed problems of speed, acceleration, and the commodification of time, but while it often serves as the implicit or explicit backdrop for these studies of time, globalization is not investigated as a problem or a question in its own right. In response, this volume develops these conversations to consider how time shapes globalization, and how globalization affects our experience of time. The interplay between varying aspects of the human experiences of time and globalization requires the type of interdisciplinary approach that this volume takes. The contributors advance an understanding of global time(s) as an arena of contestation, with social, political, ecological, and cultural implications for human and other lives. In considering the diverse valences of time and globalization, they illuminate problems as well as possibilities. Topics covered include emerging infectious diseases, temporal sovereignty, worker exploitation and resistance, chronobiology, energy politics, activism and hope, and literary and cinematic representations of counter-temporalities, offering a rich and varied account of global times. This volume will be of great interest to students and researchers from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, cultural studies, globalization, international relations, literary studies, political science, social theory, and sociology.

Set Adrift

Fishing Families
Author: Marian Binkley
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802083517
Category: Social Science
Page: 219
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Explores the role of social origins, family and social networks, and the availability of employment opportunities and social services on fishing households, including the daily dependence of husbands upon their wives? labour and ability.

Getting to Yes

Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Author: Roger Fisher,William L. Ury,Bruce Patton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101539545
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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The key text on problem-solving negotiation-updated and revised Since its original publication nearly thirty years ago, Getting to Yes has helped millions of people learn a better way to negotiate. One of the primary business texts of the modern era, it is based on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project, a group that deals with all levels of negotiation and conflict resolution. Getting to Yes offers a proven, step-by-step strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict. Thoroughly updated and revised, it offers readers a straight- forward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting angry-or getting taken. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Good Living in Hard Times


Author: Stafford Whiteaker
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1780993161
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 296
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Explains what makes you poor, healthy and rich and how to achieve a contented life.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Author: Ben Horowitz
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062273213
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.

Minds of Our Own

Inventing Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Studies in Canada and Québec, 1966–76
Author: Wendy Robbins,Meg Luxton,Margrit Eichler,Francine Descarries
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554587743
Category: Social Science
Page: 414
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This book of personal essays by over forty women and men who founded women’s studies in Canada and Québec explores feminist activism on campus in the pivotal decade of 1966-76. The essays document the emergence of women’s studies as a new way of understanding women, men, and society, and they challenge some current preconceptions about “second wave” feminist academics. The contributors explain how the intellectual and political revolution begun by small groups of academics—often young, untenured women—at universities across Canada contributed to social progress and profoundly affected the way we think, speak, behave, understand equality, and conceptualize the academy and an academic career. A contextualizing essay documents the social, economic, political, and educational climate of the time, and a concluding chapter highlights the essays’ recurring themes and assesses the intellectual and social transformation that their authors helped set in motion. The essays document the appalling sexism and racism some women encounter in seeking admission to doctoral studies, in hiring, in pay, and in establishing the legitimacy of feminist perspectives in the academy. They reveal sources of resistance, too, not only from colleagues and administrators but from family members and from within the self. In so doing they provide inspiring examples of sisterly support and lifelong friendship.

Cleaning Up

How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients
Author: Dan Zuberi
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801469813
Category: Medical
Page: 184
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To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. In Cleaning Up, the first book to examine this transformation in the healthcare industry, Dan Zuberi looks at the consequences of outsourcing from two perspectives: its impact on patient safety and its role in increasing socioeconomic inequality. Drawing on years of field research in Vancouver, Canada as well as data from hospitals in the U.S. and Europe, he argues that outsourcing has been disastrous for the cleanliness of hospitals—leading to an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, a leading cause of severe illness and death—as well as for the effective delivery of other hospital services and the workers themselves. Zuberi’s interviews with the low-wage workers who keep hospitals running uncover claims of exposure to near-constant risk of injury and illness. Many report serious concerns about the quality of the work due to understaffing, high turnover, poor training and experience, inadequate cleaning supplies, and on-the-job injuries. Zuberi also presents policy recommendations for improving patient safety by reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infection and ameliorating the work conditions and quality of life of hospital support workers. He makes the case that hospital outsourcing exemplifies the trend towards “low-road” service-sector jobs that threatens to undermine society’s social health, as well as the physical health and well-being of patients in health care settings globally.

Disconnected Youth?

Growing up in Britain’s Poor in Neighbourhoods
Author: R. MacDonald,J. Marsh
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230511759
Category: Social Science
Page: 252
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How do young people get by in hard times and hard places? Have they become a 'lost generation' disconnected from society's mainstream? Do popular ideas about social exclusion or a welfare dependent underclass really connect with the lived experiences of the so-called 'disaffected', 'disengaged' and 'difficult-to-reach'? Based on close-up research with young men and women from localities suffering social exclusion in extreme form, Disconnected Youth? will appeal to all those who are interested in understanding and tackling the problems of growing up in Britain's poor neighbourhoods.