Arlie Hochschild “The Outsourced Self”

May 23rd, 2012

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It is a truism in these early years of the twenty-first century that for almost anything you need, or need done, there is someone out there who will get it, or do it, or take care of it for you. The marketplace has, in many instances, replaced family, friends, or community in our busy lives.

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I met my wife on the internet. Other people hire “friends” to go places with them. Entire industries have been builr around the care of our elderly parents. And now you can even find someone who will tend to all their needs — and yours — after they’re gone.

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What is this doing to us? That’s what sociology professor and bestselling author Arlie Hochschild wanted to know. Her new book is called “The Outsourced Self.”

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