Carnegie Library of Trinidad, Colorado

Virtual Programs

Philosophy Café 

A monthly discussion about things philosophic.

Join us for the next meeting on Monday evening, June 14th at 5:00. The topic is: Emotional Labor. Some examples:

  • The term was first used in 1983, when American sociologist Arlie Hochschild wrote about it in her book, The Managed Heart. At the time, Arlie described emotional labor as having to “induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others”.
  • The more insidious, wearying work of having to pretend you're not as bothered by microaggressions in the workplace as you really are - whether those aggressions are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist... any situation where you feel like you've been stereotyped, or your identity has been attacked in some way, and you have to pretend that it's fine.
  • Simply about performing or deliberately obscuring emotions at work. Everyone from the man who has to pretend some mean, even bigoted banter from a colleague hasn't hit a nerve, to the club bouncer who has to act tough even though he's feeling sad, is undertaking emotional labor.

These examples are from:      which we invite you to read in full for more information and insights.

This will be a remote discussion using Zoom Meeting, and to join the discussion, please register by filling out the registration form. After you register, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to join the meeting.
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