Analysis Of Social Changes In Arlie Hochschild's The Second Shift

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Social changes are happening drastically. Marriages are completely different these days with two job couples on the rise. In Arlie Hochschild’s book The Second Shift she focuses on two job couples that spend an “extra month” on house duties. The second shift pertains to the work that is done outside of their actual job. So, like taking care of the kids, cleaning house, cooking dinner, etcetera. Hochschild ran into a dilemma early on in her career as a professor. She had a working husband and they had just recently had a baby themselves. Battling between her career and home life she grew curious. Curious on how everyday people juggle these things. With the changes that had occurred by the 1980s many women had joined the workforce. That meant …show more content…
They both were fairly young being at the age of twenty-nine and they had a one year old named Delia. They were married six years when Hochschild interviewed them. They did not bring home much money at all, but it was enough to get by. He works in a factory and brings home approximately twelve thousand dollars a year. He did not want his wife to work, but in order for them to survive she had to do something. Carmen was very traditional when it came to her marriage and she wanted to do her husband proud. Instead of going out and getting a job she worked from home keeping children. That made Peter comfortable because he was ashamed to even have his wife working. Carmen did not like her job and did not want to work at all, but she knew that she had to in order to help. Besides her working it also allowed her to keep up with their child and keep up on the house work. Despite Frank’s traditional views he still helped at home when needed be, but that upset Carmen when he did. Like many traditional couples, the Delacortes thought, talked, and felt in traditional ways, but they had to live with the stubborn realities of modern …show more content…
He ran a book store that was very important to him. Nina on the other hand was very intelligent woman that worked very hard to get her Master’s in Business Administration and worked very high up in a big corporation. She was proud of herself as there were not many women that had the degree that she had nor were they working up as high as she was. Peter respected her work but wanted her to be at home more. She had a very hard time juggling that and Peter ended up spending a majority of the time with their children Alexandria who was five and Diane who was three. Nina could not understand what the big deal was, but the income that Nina brought in really shamed Peter and he felt degraded. He never wanted anyone to find out about their financial status because he knew he would be looked down upon. It was not until their oldest daughter Alexandria started having problems at school that Nina realized there had to be a change. She always claimed that she had no friends and she was just not a happy little kid. She had plenty of friends, but they were never allowed over because a “mommy” had to be home. Arlie Hochschild is correct in her statements of this world living in a stalled revolution. It is crazy to see how fast women’s lives are changing and the gradual change in the men. The facts are correct that men are still stuck in times and I think it will take a while to get out of the

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