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Episode 7: Arlie Russell Hochschild

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Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild presents the books that inspired and informed her professional interest in crossing "empathy walls," from the work of C. Wright Mills, who connected personal troubles with public issues, to W. J. Cash's Mind of the South, a predecessor to her own work exploring Southern identity. Reflecting on George Orwell's inspiring essays on writing, Hochschild also touches on the theory behind her on-the-ground sociological research and discusses her recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Fear and Mourning on the American Right.

Arlie Russell Hochschild is professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Considered the founder of the sociology of emotion, Hochschild has spent her career exploring the social context and inflection of emotion, the changing nature of work and family, and the influence of emotion on politics, as reflected in the five years of fieldwork that produced Strangers in Their Own Land.

Arlie Hochschild's eight books:

  1. Power, Politics and People by C. Wright Mills
  2. Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates by Erving Goffman
  3. A Collection of Essays by George Orwell
  4. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
  5. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality makes a Society Stronger by Richard Wilkerson and Kate Pickett
  6. Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity by Mitchell Duneier
  7. The Mind of the South by W. J. Cash
  8. One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism by William Greider