Outsourced Self Intimate Life in Market Times

ISBN-10: 080508889X
ISBN-13: 9780805088892
Edition: 2012
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Description: From the famed author of the bestsellingThe Second ShiftandThe Time Bind, a pathbreaking look at the transformation of private life in our for-profit worldThe family has long been a haven in a heartless world, the one place immune to market forces  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

From the famed author of the bestsellingThe Second ShiftandThe Time Bind, a pathbreaking look at the transformation of private life in our for-profit worldThe family has long been a haven in a heartless world, the one place immune to market forces and economic calculations, where the personal, the private, and the emotional hold sway. Yet as Arlie Russell Hochschild shows inThe Outsourced Self, that is no longer the case: everything that was once part of private life—love, friendship, child rearing—is being transformed into packaged expertise to be sold back to confused, harried Americans.Drawing on hundreds of interviews and original research, Hochschild follows the incursions of the market into every stage of intimate life. From dating services that train you to be the CEO of your love life to wedding planners who create a couple's "personal narrative"; from nameologists (who help you name your child) to wantologists (who help you name your goals); from commercial surrogate farms in India to hired mourners who will scatter your loved one's ashes in the ocean of your choice—Hochschild reveals a world in which the most intuitive and emotional of human acts have become work for hire.Sharp and clear-eyed, Hochschild is full of sympathy for overstressed, outsourcing Americans, even as she warns of the market's threat to the personal realm they are striving so hard to preserve.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, THE SECOND SHIFT and THE MANAGED HEART. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her articles have appeared in Harper's, Mother Jones, and Psychology Today, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, the writer Adam Hochschild.

Introduction: Villager and Outsourcer
You Have Three Seconds
The Legend of the Lemon Tree
For as Long as You Both Shall Live
Our Baby, Her Womb
My Womb, Their Baby
It Takes a Service Mall
Making Five-Year-Olds Laugh Is Harder Than You Think
A High Score in Family Memory Creation
Importing Family Values
I Was Invisible to Myself
Nolan Enjoys My Father for Me
Anything You Pay For Is Better
I Would Have Done It If She'd Been My Mother
Endings
Conclusion: The Wantologist
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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