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Hochschilds reversed world thesis is based on a case study What is Hochschilds case and how does she use evidence to make it The traditional perception of home and work is portrayed in early Marxist writings where capitalist workplaces were a place of alienation and a return to home was a relief from this1 and in Christopher Laschs Haven in a Heartless World home was depicted as a haven away form work2 Yet is this belief still relevant More people are spending increasing amounts of time at work discovering themselves less able to find time for their home life This could be due to fear of lay-offs and inflexible hours but Hochschild asserts that many are voluntarily taking on longer work days and passing up the chance for the more flexible hours given by companies with family-friendly policies such as Amerco In this essay I will be presenting Hochschilds case and showing how she used evidence in her narrative based thesis to make this case In the reversed worlds thesis Hochschild presents a case about the inverted attitudes towards work and home She uses a case study of a company she renamed Amerco whereby she makes the argument that working parents rather than conform to Laschs traditional image of the home seemed to find that going out to work is more appealing than staying at home with the children increasingly managing their home life and becoming more emotionally involved with work3 She makes the case that working mothers like Linda Avery put in for over-time to get away from the stresses of home to the workplace where they have fulfilling social ties and recognition for what they do Hochshild makes the case that increasingly time at home is more Taylorised than before and that many workers are attempting to intensify time at home labelling it quality time2 Hochschild interviewed 130 people across the Amerco company weaving interview data and quotes throughout her narrative
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