The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times, by Arlie Russell Hochschild

The author looks at the new ways that some people handle the personal parts of their lives, areas that are changing due to advancements in science, the internet, and the changing roles of women. Hochschild traveled to India to interview fertility clinic personnel and surrogate mothers. In this country she talked to online dating service providers, children’s birthday party planners and household employees for wealthy people among others. I found the most interesting part of this book to be the author’s struggles, living in San Francisco, to try to arrange for caregivers for a cantankerous elderly relative living in rural Maine.

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Reviewed by: kh

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