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5.0 out of 5 stars A woman with a mission, 19 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain (Paperback)
For anybody who thinks that poverty is only relative and the true hardship of poverty only lives in the past or anyone who thinks that Britain is heading steadily in the direction of a classless society---This is a book you MUST read to bring you out of your complacent dreamworld and closer to a understanding of the awful conditions ,wages and yes poverty that many of your fellow citizens live in.Polly Toynbee takes the ultimate and valuable step of stepping into the low paids shoes with an assumed identity in order to truly understand and feel the nature of their circumstances.
Even somebody who has always been far from naive about the persistence of poverty in parts of Britain like Polly was shocked at what she discovered and almost depressed at the thought that so many are trapped in this rut for life.Unethical and greedy employers who exploit your desperation via a cavalier disregard for fair and reasonable working conditions.Knowing that many cant afford to complain.We are spared no details ,and rightly so as those who live the details are the ones who Polly is taking us on a journey to understand.
This excellently written book left me with a very clear understanding of how a multitude of disadvantages collectively combine together to place the low paid in an almost impossible position, over a barrel as they say,each disadvantage exacerbating the other.Educate yourself and read this book--the authors direct and detailed approach will help you feel what its like to walk in others shoes.
All credit to the author for her no apologies in keeping it real attitude and doing what many wouldnt dare attempt--stepping into the world of the most disadvantaged instead of playing it safe and just talking about it.I believe this book is essential reading for anyone serious about social justice and even more essential for those who currently arent serious about it.This book cannot fail in constructively enaging the reader with the issue.A must for any sociology student.Very informative.
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