Carolyn Chen Resource Recommendations

Miranda Schonbrun

Accompanying the online reflection “The Work of Salvation, the Salvation of Work: Searching for Belonging in an Age of Global Precarity” Carolyn Chen provided resource recommendations on the topics of work, capitalism, and religion.

  • The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1997), Arlie Russell Hochschild

“This is a wonderful ethnographic study of how work takes over home life, and work takes on the affect and functions of home” — Carolyn Chen

  • White Collar: The American Middle Classes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1951), C. Wright Mills

“A classic on how work and corporate life shape the ethos of the American middle class” — Carolyn Chen

  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Happiness, Success, (and World Peace) (New York: HarperOne, 2014), Chade Meng Tan

“This bestselling self-help book is written by mindfulness guru and Google engineer, Meng Tan. It’s a perfect example of how religion is taking on the instrumental logic of capitalism” — Carolyn Chen

As part of the Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program, BCSR’s Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic brings together scholars and the public to address the current pandemic and its commensurate crises, exploring the intersection between religion and timely topics such as the environment, public health, elections and democracy, religious freedom, and nationalism in order to foster dialogue and reflection.

The Berkeley Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic is generously sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation