Berkeley CWF Outreach





During the last four years the Center for Working Families has actively encouraged efforts to bring scholarly research to broader audiences. Arlie Hochschild's contributions were recognized  in 2000 when she was given the American Sociological Association Award for Furthering Public Understanding of Sociology.  She gave a plenary speech, "A New Deal for Working Families," at the April 2002 meeting of the Democratic Leadership Council; a plenary speech on family-friendly policies at the 2002 World Academic Forum; and, in August 2000, an invited talk on ideas from The Time Bind, at a conference on Modernities and Time at Castelgandolfo, Italy, with Pope John Paul in attendance. During the past year Hochschild has consulted with Al Gore about family issues and policies (she read and commented on the manuscript of a forthcoming [Nov. 2002] book on families, Joined at the Heart, by Al and Tipper Gore). Hochschild has published articles on work-family issues in popular magazines: Atlantic Monthly, O Magazine (The Magazine of Oprah Winfrey) and American Prospect (two articles, including a cover story, "Global Nanny Chains"); and four Op Eds in the New York Times.

Strategies for bridging from academic to more popular writing were  a recurring topic of discussion in Center for Working Families workshops and other forums.  Deirdre English, a  faculty member from the School of Journalism, gave two lengthy and well-attended workshops on writing for a popular audience. In fall 2001 the Center joined the School of Journalism in bringing Barbara Ehrenreich to campus for a month of teaching and consulting. She presented and participated in CWF workshops and also worked with sociology graduate students gathering data on the daily lives and strategies of survival of low-wage workers at UC Berkeley.

Other fruits of our effort to reach broader publics include Affiliated Scholar Ilene Philipson's trade press book, Married to the Job (and a fall 2002 line-up of media appearances); and Affiliated Scholar Kay Trimberger's San Jose Mercury News Op Ed on proposed California state paid family leave legislation. As detailed in our annual reports, CWF researchers and projects have been cited many times in the print and radio media. Bonnie Kwan, our administrative coordinator, regularly fielded calls from the media, making referrals to our network of experts; and our website, as of September 2002, had over 26,000 "hits." Barrie Thorne is one of the founders of and has been active in the Council on Contemporary Families, an organization which seeks to bring accurate information about U.S. families to media attention. During the past year she and Kay Trimberger worked with Netsy Firestein and the Paid Family Leave Coalition to promote new California legislation that will expand the state disability fund to cover six-week leaves to care for new babies or sick family members (a modified version of the original legislation was signed by the Governor in fall 2002). Jim Stockinger, a part-time Lecturer in Sociology and a worker in the university's child care facility, is a leader in the state-wide Worthy Wage campaign, which seeks to raise the low wages of careworkers. Former CWF post-doctoral researcher, Karen Hansen, is active in Working Families Massachusetts, a new organization cultivating dialogue between labor activists around the state and academics interested in work-family issues.


The Berkeley Center for Working Families

-Featured in "The Sloan Center: Unparalleled Research on Working Families," by Roberta Spalter-Roth, ASA Footnotes, April 2000.

-"'Explanding the Horizons': Center for Working Families, Berkeley," by Teri Ann Lilly. Work-Family Research Newsletter, fall 2002, page 13 .

Anita Garey

"Split-Shift Parenthood," San Jose Mercury News, May 7, 2000 (Corcoran, Katherine; ref: Anita Garey).

-"Six Trends to Watch for Harried Workers," The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, 2000 (Shellenbarger, Sue; ref: Anita Garey).

-"What Kids Really Want from Working Parents," The Boston Globe, December 30, 1999 (Meltz, Barbara F.; ref: Anita Garey and Rivka Polatnick). 

Arlie Hochschild

-"The Care Deficit," San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 2001 (Rosen, Ruth, ref: Arlie Hochschild).

-All Work and How About Some Play Too?" New York Times, Sept. 3, 2000 (Itano, Nicole; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"The Allure of Money," Modern Maturity, July/August 2000 (Jacoby, Susan; ref: Arlie Russell Hochshild).

-"The Mamma Lion at the Gate,", Jun 12, 2000 (Young, Cathy; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Parents are in Full Production Mode at Work," Chicago Tribune, May 16, 2000 (Kleiman, Carol; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Love Potion" The Boston Globe Magazine, May 2, 2000 (Johnson, Sally West; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"For the Well Connected, All the World's an Office," New York Times, March 30, 2999 (Hafner, Katie; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Life's Work: The Grapes of Marital Wrath," New York Times, March 15, 2000 (Belkin, Lisa; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Is Day Care Good for Parents or Children?" The New Republic, March 6, 2000 (Lasch-Quinn, Elisabeth; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Even Corporate Perks Join the Dot-Com Revolution," Los Angeles Times, February 5, 20000 (Miller, Greg and Stuart Silverstein; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Welcome to the New Company Town," Fortune, Jan. 10, 2000 (Useem, Zjerry; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild and Ilene Philipson).

-"World-class Workaholics," U.S. News, December 20, 1999 (Ladner, James; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-The Tomorrow Trap," The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 1999 (Shellenbarger, Sue; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Blue Year's Eve," Los Angeles Times, December 5, 1999 (Miller, Martin; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Our Culture of Efficiency Has Made Life Harder," Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1999 (McNamara, Mary; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Angels in the Workplace," New York Times, September 5, 1999 (Kilgannon, Corey; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

-"Spinning Wheels," HR Magazine, September 1999 (Tyler, Kathryn; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild).

Elaine Bell Kaplan

"Many Boomers Keep Tight Rein on Teenagers," Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2002 (ref: Elaine Bell Kaplan). 

(O'Connor, Anne-Marie; ref: Elaine Bell Kaplan).

-"Caught in the Middle," Berkeleyan, January 12, 2000 (McBroom, Patricia; ref: Rivka Polatnick and Elaine Bell Kaplan).

-"Parents, Kids in Tug of War Over After-School Plans," Berkeley Daily Planet, January 6, 2000 (ref: Rivka Polatnick and Elaine Bell Kaplan). 

Ilene Philipson

-Married to the Job: featured in Time Magazine, Sept. 16, 2002.

-"Workers Enticed into Feeling Job is Everything, Psychologist Finds," The Oakland Tribune, May 1, 2000 (Vo, Kim ref: Ilene Philipson).

-"Welcome to the New Company Town," Fortune, Jan. 10, 2000 (Useem, Jerry; ref: Arlie Russell Hochschild and Ilene Philipson).

-"Always On Call," San Francisco Business Times, February 21, 2000 (Leuty, Ron; ref: Ilene Philipson). 

Rivka Polatnick

-"Should You Quit Work to Stay home with the Baby? No, Wait Till He's 11," Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2002, p. D1 (Jeffrey Zaslow column, "Moving On"; ref: Rivka Polatnick).

-"Home Alone?" Healthscout, May 2, 2000 (Lynch, Liz; ref: Rivka Polatnik).

-"Committing to the Future of Our Kids," Science Today, February 1, 20000 (Branin, Larissa; ref: Rivka Polatnick).

-"Why Preteens are Home Alone," Science Today, January 25, 2000 (Branin, Larissa; ref: Rivka Polatnik).

-"Caught in the Middle," Berkeleyan, January 12, 2000 (McBroom, Patricia; ref: Rivka Polatnick and Elaine Bell Kaplan).

-"Parents, Kids in Tug of War Over After-School Plans," Berkeley Daily Planet, January 6, 2000 (ref: Rivka Polatnick and Elaine Bell Kaplan).

-"Work and Family," (on children's negotiations of "home alone"), The Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2000 (Schallenbarger, Sue; ref: Rivka Polatnick). 

Barrie Thorne

-"The 2000 Campaign: Home Economics, Working Families Strain to Live Middle-Class Life" New York Times, Sept. 10, 2000 (Uchitelle, Louis, ref: Barrie Thorne).

-"Pushing Methodological Boundaries: Finding Fresh Angles of Vision," interview with Teri Ann Lilly, Work-Family Research Newsletter, summer 1999,