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The Outsourced Self

Intimate Life In Market Times

By Arlie Russell Hochschild, 1940-

From the famed author of the bestselling The Second Shift and The Time Bind, a pathbreaking look at the transformation of private life in our for-profit world

The 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 in The 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.

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Book

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Publish Date

2012

ISBN

9780805088892


Format: Book
Author: Hochschild, Arlie Russell, 1940-
Summary: Drawing on hundreds of interviews and original research, Hochschild follows the incursions of the market into every stage of intimate life and reveals a world in which the most intuitive and emotional of human acts have become work for hire.
Title: The outsourced self : intimate life in market times / Arlie Russell Hochschild.
Publisher Date: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2012.
Subject: Families -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History. Interpersonal relations and culture -- United States -- History.
Isbn: 9780805088892 080508889X
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 306.85097 Hoc
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Bib Id: 388506

Format: Book
Author: Hochschild, Arlie Russell, 1940-
Summary: Drawing on hundreds of interviews and original research, Hochschild follows the incursions of the market into every stage of intimate life and reveals a world in which the most intuitive and emotional of human acts have become work for hire.
Title: The outsourced self : intimate life in market times / Arlie Russell Hochschild.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2012.
Description: 300 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Families -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History.
Subjects: Interpersonal relations and culture -- United States -- History.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: You have three seconds -- The legend of the lemon tree -- For as long as we both shall live -- Our baby, her womb -- My womb, their baby -- It takes a service mall -- Making six-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 -- With a person you pay you can be needy -- I would have done it if she'd been my mother -- Endings.
LCCN: 2011044135
ISBN: 9780805088892
ISBN: 080508889X
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Call Number: 306.85097 Hoc