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    And the Republican Party especially associates the market with the idea of progress, goodness, family, and points us toward the mall as an answer to all our personal dreams.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Many women cut back what had to be done at home by redefining what the house, the marriage and, sometimes, what the child needs. One woman described a fairly common pattern: I do my half. I do half of his half, and the rest doesn't get done.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    As motherhood as a "private enterprise" declines and more mothers rely on the work of lower-paid specialists, the value accorded the work of mothering (not the value of children) has declined for women, making it all the harder for men to take it up.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: men  work  women  value  mother  motherhood 
     
    If in the earlier part of the century, middle-class children suffered from overattentive mothers, from being "mother's only accomplishment," today's children may suffer from an underestimation of their needs. Our idea of what a child needs in each case reflects what parents need. The child's needs are thus a cultural football in an economic and marital game.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Three factors-the belief that child care is female work, the failure of ex-husbands to support their children, and higher male wages at work-have taken the economic rug from under that half of married women who divorce.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Just as the archetype of the supermom-the woman who can do it all-minimizes the real needs of women, so too the archetype of the"superkid" minimizes the real needs of children. It makes it all right to treat a young child as if he or she were older.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: children  women  young  right  child  real 
     
    Compared with the employed, the jobless are less likely to vote, volunteer, see friends and talk to family. Even on weekends, the jobless spend more time alone than those with jobs.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: time  friends  alone  job 
     
    Has Bill Clinton inspired idealism in the young, as he himself was inspired by John F. Kennedy? Or has he actually reduced their idealism? Surely part of the answer lies in Clinton's personal moral lapse with Monica Lewinsky. But more important was his sin of omission - his failure to embrace a moral cause beyond popularity.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: failure  personal  young  lies  sin  morals 
     
    In response to our fast-food culture, a 'slow food' movement appeared. Out of hurried parenthood, a move toward slow parenting could be growing. With vital government supports for state-of-the-art public child care and paid parental leave, maybe we would be ready to try slow love and marriage.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    For many of us, work is the one place where we feel appreciated. The things that we long to experience at home - pride in our accomplishments, laughter and fun, relationships that aren't complex - we sometimes experience most often in the office. Bosses applaud us when we do a good job. Co-workers become a kind of family we feel we fit into.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Paradoxically, those who call for family values also tout the wonders of an unregulated market without observing the subtle cultural links between the family they seek to regulate and the market they hold free.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: value  wonder 
     
    People who volunteer at the recycling center or soup kitchen through a church or neighborhood group can come to feel part of something 'larger.' Such a sense of belonging calls on a different part of a self than the market calls on. The market calls on our sense of self-interest. It focuses us on what we 'get.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: people  self  church 
     
    The more anxious, isolated and time-deprived we are, the more likely we are to turn to paid personal services. To finance these extra services, we work longer hours. This leaves less time to spend with family, friends and neighbors; we become less likely to call on them for help, and they on us.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: time  work  friends  personal  service  help 
     
    Many working families are both prisoners and architects of the time bind in which they find themselves.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: time 
     
    And were in the middle of a perfect storm. These days, government social services are being bad-mouthed and defunded. The non-profit world is looking more and more like the for-profit world. The growing gap between rich and poor makes most of us very anxious about where we stand.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    The surface of American life looks smooth, prosperous, peaceful. But underneath, fault-line shifts in family and work life have led us into what some have called 'advanced insecurity.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: work  american 
     
    The more we rely on the market, the more hooked we become on its promises: Do you need a tidier closet? A nicer family picture album? Elderly parents who are truly well cared for? Children who have an edge in school, on tests, in college and beyond? If we can afford the services involved, many if not most of us are prone to say, 'Sure, why not?
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    If in previous decades large historic events drew people together and oriented them toward collective action, the recent double trend toward greater choice but less security leads the young to see their lives in more individual terms. Big events collectivize. Little events atomize.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Each marriage bears the footprints of economic and cultural trends which originate far outside marriage.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    The "female culture" has shifted more rapidly than the "male culture"; the image of the go-get 'em woman has yet to be fully matched by the image of the let's take-care-of-the-kids- together man. More important, over the last thirty years, men's underlying feelings about taking responsibility at home have changed much less than women's feelings have changed about forging some kind of identity at work.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    The influx of women into paid work and her increased power raise a woman's aspirations and hopes for equal treatment at home. Her lower wage and status at work and the threat of divorce reduce what she presses for and actually expects.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: work  women  power  hope  divorce 
     
    Most women without children spend much more time than men on housework; with children, they devote more time to both housework andchild care. Just as there is a wage gap between men and women in the workplace, there is a "leisure gap" between them at home. Most women work one shift at the office or factory and a "second shift" at home.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: children  time  men  work  women  child  care 
     
    Here is a new car, a new iPhone. We buy. We discard. We buy again. In recent years, we've been doing it faster.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: year 
     
    Children born of married parents in America face a higher risk of seeing them break up than children born of unmarried parents in Sweden.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Could it be, I wonder, that there is such a thing as a wantologist, someone we can hire to figure out what we want? Have I arrived at some final telling moment in my research on outsourcing intimate parts of our lives, or at the absurdist edge of the market frontier?
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: live  moment  wonder  research 
     
    Many of the young aspire to happy marriages and dot-com fortunes but end up in guarded love and okay-for-now jobs.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: young  job  marriage 
     
    To televisionize any serious problem, the program directors face the task of making the message 'go down smooth' until the audience is delivered to the commercial.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: problem 
     
    As long as the "woman's work" that some men do is socially devalued, as long as it is defined as woman's work, as long as it's tacked onto a "regular" work day, men who share it are likely to develop the same jagged mouth and frazzled hair as the coffee-mug mom. The image of the new man is like the image of the supermom: it obscures the strain.
    — Arlie Russell Hochschild
    tags: men  work  shares 
     
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