Outsourced Self What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us

ISBN-10: 1250024196

ISBN-13: 9781250024190

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A BRILLIANT INVESTIGATION OF THE STATE OF OUR LIVES TODAYWe've long imagined the family as immune to market forces, the one place where the personal, the private, and the emotional hold sway. Yet as Arlie Russell Hochschild shows in The Outsourced Self, the market - ever more specialized and global - is very much present at home. Many aspects of private life - love, friendship, child rearing - are being transformed into packaged expertise to be sold back to anxious, time-starved Americans.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.Clear-eyed and empathic, Hochschild puts a finger on the most important unacknowledged trend of our time.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 4/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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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