The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work

The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work

by Arlie Russell Hochschild
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520214889

ISBN-13: 9780520214880

Pub. Date: 04/24/2003

Publisher: University of California Press


Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of three New York Times Notable Books, has been one of the freshest and most popular voices in feminist sociology over the last decades. Her influential, unusually perceptive work has opened up new ways of seeing family life, love, gender, the workplace, market transactions—indeed, American life itself. This book

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Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of three New York Times Notable Books, has been one of the freshest and most popular voices in feminist sociology over the last decades. Her influential, unusually perceptive work has opened up new ways of seeing family life, love, gender, the workplace, market transactions—indeed, American life itself. This book gathers some of Hochschild's most important and most widely read articles in one place, includes new work, and brings several essays to American audiences for the first time. Each chapter reflects on the complex negotiations we make day to day to juggle the conflicting demands of love and work. Taken together, they are a compelling, often startling, look at how our everyday lives are shaped by modern capitalism.

These essays, rich with the details of everyday life, explore larger social issues by looking at a series of intimate moments in people's lives. Among them, "Love and Gold" investigates the globalization of love by focusing on care workers who leave their own children and elderly to care for children and the elderly in wealthy countries. In "The Commodity Frontier," Hochschild considers an Internet ad for a "beautiful, smart, hostess, good masseuse—$400/week," and explores our responses to personal services for hire. In "From the Frying Pan into the Fire" she asks if capitalism is a religion. In addition to these recent essays, several of Hochschild's important early essays, such as "Inside the Clockwork of Male Careers," have been revised and updated for this collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520214880
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Two Sides of an Idea1
Part 1A Culture of Psychic Divestment
1The Commercial Spirit of Intimate Life and the Abduction of Feminism: Signs from Women's Advice Books13
2The Commodity Frontier30
3Gender Codes and the Play of Irony45
4Light and Heavy: American and Japanese Advice Books for Women58
Part 2A Feelingful Self
5The Capacity to Feel75
6Working on Feeling87
7The Economy of Gratitude104
8Two Ways to See Love119
9Pathways of Feeling127
Part 3The Referred Pain of a Troubled Society
10From the Frying Pan into the Fire141
11The Colonized Colonizer: Cruelty and Kindness in Mother-Daughter Bonds149
12The Fractured Family161
13Children as Eavesdroppers172
Part 4The Ecology of Care
14Love and Gold185
15Emotional Geography and the Flight Plan of Capitalism198
16The Culture of Politics: Traditional, Postmodern, Cold Modern, and Warm Modern Ideals of Care213
Part 5Speaking Personally
17Inside the Clockwork of Male Careers227
Notes255
Bibliography281
Index303

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