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The commercialisation of intimate life

Professor Arlie Hochschild gives the final in a series of LSE and The Youth Foundation public lectures, held at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), on Tuesday 20 September. She will speak on the commercialisation of intimate life.

Arlie Hochschild has gained a reputation as one of the most insightful analysts of the new patterns of work and family life in the 21st century.

In a series of books, including The Second Shift and The Time Bind: when home becomes work and work becomes home, she has mapped out the damage being done to family life by changing work patterns. She has also addressed head-on why employees are often drawn to life at work, even though their values are based on the lives they live at home and in the community.

Her lecture will look at the complex relationships between an evolving global capitalism and the intimacy of family and personal relationships. As the Financial Times puts it, alongside rigorous analysis her work contains 'wit, humour, joy' as well as 'portents of doom'.

Sukhvinder Stubbs, chief executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, will chair this event.

The Commercialisation of Intimate Life is on Tuesday 20 September at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required.

Tickets can be requested from 10am on Monday 12 September, from Public Events|

LSE students are able to collect one ticket from the LSESU reception, located on the ground floor of the East Building from 11am on Monday 12 September.


  • General public: Click here from 10am on Monday 12 September to book a ticket or for more information.
  • Press tickets: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk


The Young Foundation, which is being launched this autumn, is a unique organisation that undertakes research to identify and understand social needs then develops practical initiatives and institutions to address them. More information about The Young Foundation can be found at www.youngfoundation.org.uk|.

5 September 2005