Arlie R. Hochschild

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Professor Emerita
Research Interests: 
Family, market culture, global patterns of care work, social psychology especially the relationship between culture and emotion
Curriculum Vitae: 

I suppose what’s really animated my recent research has been the triumph of the market over so much else in life. This is the subject of my 2012 book, The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times. (See the excerpt in the Sunday Review section of The New York Times"The Outsourced Self"). And my latest book – So How's The Family and Other Essays – includes essays on emotional labor – when do we enjoy doing it? – empathy, personal strategies for handling life in a time bind, and the global traffic in care workers. Here I follow up an earlier essay called "Love and Gold" which focuses on care workers who leave their children and elderly in the South (the Philippines, Mexico, Sri Lanka for example) to care for the children and elderly of the North (the U.S. for example). What is the emotional effect of this "heart transplant" on everyone involved? (See the review from the Times Higher Education"So How's the Family: and Other Essays"). Whatever problem I'm trying to figure out, I try to keep a close eye on people's emotions; see a short statement I wrote on that in the Spring 2008 issue of Contexts. And these days, I’m trying to explore the link between emotion and political persuasion. I also write occasional articles on diverse topics -- such as empathy in children for the Los Angeles Times and on paternity leave for The Atlantic Monthly. For interviews concerning my ideas on emotional labor, please see "Key Pedagogic Thinkers" and "Emotional Labor Around the World: An Interview with Arlie Hochschild".

Also see A Playful Spirit for a recent interview about my work in the Swarthmore Bulletin.

Representative Publications: 




An essay on care, included with ones by Carol Gilligan and Joan Tronto in a volume appearing in French in 2014.

  2013 So How's the Family? And Other Essays. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 

·         2012 The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times. New York: Metropolitan Press

  • For a review, see here.
  • For an excerpt, see here.

·        2003 The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes From Home And Work. San Francisco and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Translation into Italian, (El Mundo), and Spanish. Published in Australia by the University of Australia.

·         2002 Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy co-edited with Barbara Ehrenreich for Metropolitan Books, New York: Metropolitan Press. Translations into Arabic, Bulgarian, Hebrew and Italian.

·      1997 The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work New York: Metropolitan/Holt (50,000 books first printing). Cover article in The New York Times Magazine, excerpted in The Nation and Working USA. New preface for paperback American edition. Reissued with new afterword 1997. Recorded as audio book by Scholarly Audio Inc. Translated into: German (Berlin: Verlag Leske Budrich), Danish (Munksgaard).

·         1989 Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home(with Anne Machung), New York: Viking Penguin. Translated into: German (Zolnay Press), Japanese (Asahi Press), Dutch (Unibock Press), Arabic (International Publishers, Cairo, Egypt), Korean (Aha-chim-e-seul), Published in Great Britain by Piatkus Press. (New preface for the Japanese edition, new afterword for paperback American edition. Reissued with new afterword 1997).

·         1983 The Managed Heart: The Commercialization of Human Feeling Berkeley: The University of California Press. Reprinted with new afterword, 2003. Translated into: German (Campus Press), Chinese (Laureate Books, Taipei, Taiwan), Japanese (Sekai Shisosha, Kyoto, Japan), Polish (Polish Scientific Publishers PWN) forthcoming.

·         1973 The Unexpected Community, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Second edition, Berkeley: The University of California Press, 1979.


Published Articles and Chapters

·         2005 "Love and Gold" (expanded version) in Feminist Politics, Activism and Vision: Local and Global Challenges, edited by Luciana Ricciutelli, Angela Miles and Margaret McFadden, London, Great Britain, Toronto, Canada.: Zed/Innana Books. This essay has also been translated into French by Laurence Bachmann for Nouvelle Revue Feministe (2004), reprinted in Sciences Humaines. It has also been translated into Polish by Znak, vLVII i6, 2005, pp. 41-63.

·         2004 "Let Them Eat War"European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counseling & Health, Volume 6, no 3, December, pp. 1-10. Also reprinted in William F. Grover and Joseph G. Peschek, Voices of Dissent(forthcoming).

·         2004 "Through the Crack In the Time Bind: From Market Management to Family Management", in The New Work Society, edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Jens Tonboe, Copenhagen, Denmark: Hans Reitzels Publisher (in Danish).

·         2004 "The Commodity Frontier" in Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Essays in Sociology, edited by Jeff Alexander, Gary Marx and Christine Williams (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press), pg 38-56.

·         2004 "Emotional Labour in Health Care: Who Takes Care of the Caretaker?" Chapter 5 of Enriching the Art of Care with the Science of Care: Emotional and Interpersonal Dimensions of Health Services edited by Laurette Dubé, Guylaine Ferland, and D. S. Moskowitz, Montreal: McGill Queen's University Press, pp. 67-72.


·         2008 "Feeling Around the World", Contexts, v7, n2, pp. 80-80. Reprinted in the Swedish Sociological journal, Sociologisk Forskning.

·         2005 "Feeling Capitalism: A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild: Conducted 5 May 2005", Journal of Consumer Culture, by Nicholas H. Wilson and Brian J. Lande, v5(3), pp. 275-288.

·         2001 "Eavesdropping Children, Adult Deals and Cultures of Care" in Rosanna Hertz and Nancy Marshall (eds.) Working Families: The Transformation of the American Home, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp.340-353.

·         2000 "Global Care Chains and Emotional Surplus Value", in On the Edge: Globalization and the New Millennium, edited by Tony Giddens and Will Hutton, London: Sage Publishers, pp. 130-146.

·         2000 "The Nanny Chain" cover article in The American Prospect, vol. 11 no. 4, January 3, pp. 32-36.

·         1993 "Inside the Clockwork of Male Careers, with a 1990s Postscript", Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans and Ruth A. Wallace (eds.), Gender and the Academic Experience: Berkeley Women 1952-1972, University of Nebraska Press, pp. 125-139.

          1989 "The Economy of Gratitude", David Franks and Doyle McCarthy (Editors), Original Papers In the Sociology of Emotions, New York: JAI Press, pp. 95-113.