Anger and Mourning on the American Right
On Sale: September 6, 2016
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In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist
Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from
her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into
Louisiana bayou countryâ€”a stronghold of the conservative
right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many
of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless
finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she
meetsâ€”among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been
swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accidentâ€”people
whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share:
the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes
for their children.
Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace
liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into
voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild
finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home,
an elusive American dreamâ€”and political choices and views
that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild
draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to
help us understand what it feels like to live in â€średâ€ť
America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the
crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do
the people who would seem to benefit most from â€śliberalâ€ť
government intervention abhor the very idea?
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