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From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

Gloria Diaz

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Co-published with In These Times. This wasn’t the life I had envisioned for myself: part blue-collar worker, part professional, unable to fit in fully in either realm. I wonder if a piecemeal living of part-time work, no benefits and looming student loans is as good as it will get.