Arlie Hochschild

Arlie Hochschild

Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

October 11, 2017 — 4:10 PM
International House, Chevron Auditorium — 2299 Piedmont Avenue, UC Berkeley Campus

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About the Lecture In this talk, Professor Hochschild will describe her journey from her own liberal cultural enclave to a conservative one. She will discuss her choice of research site, her effort to remove her own political alarm system, and during five … Continued

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About the Lecture

In this talk, Professor Hochschild will describe her journey from her own liberal cultural enclave to a conservative one. She will discuss her choice of research site, her effort to remove her own political alarm system, and during five years of research, to climb over what she calls an “empathy wall.” She will focus on her concept of the “deep story” – a version of which underlies all political belief, she argues, and will end with the possibilities of finding common ground across the political divide.

About Arlie Hochschild

Arlie Hochschild’s most recent work explores the experiences, beliefs and “deep story” of the American Right. Her book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (2016), is based on five years of research in Louisiana’s oil and petrochemical belt where she interviewed Tea Party enthusiasts. She surveys the rise and the attitudes of the American South in the face of the 2016 Presidential Election. The book was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award

Hochschild’s nine books include: So How’s the Family?: And Other Essays (2013), The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times (2012), and Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy (2002). Her publications have been translated into 16 languages, and her work has contributed to efforts in global feminist community programs.  She’s also written a children’s story Coleen, the Question Girl.

Hochschild has held positions at the University of California, Berkeley since 1971, and became a Professor of the Graduate School in 2006. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Division of Social Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2001. She has also received the Ulysses Medal from the University of Dublin, Ireland as well as Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Mellon Awards.


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