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Strangers in Their Own Land : Anger and Mourning on the American Right
by Arlie Russell Hochschild


Overview - 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR NONFICTION

A 2016 NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

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One of "6 Books to Understand Trump's Win" according to the New York Times the day after the election

"This is a smart, respectful and compelling book."
-- The New York Times Book Review

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Overview
2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR NONFICTION

A 2016 NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEWSDAY TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR

A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF 2016

One of "6 Books to Understand Trump's Win" according to the New York Times the day after the election

"This is a smart, respectful and compelling book."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Satisfying... Hochschild's] analysis is overdue at a time when questions of policy and legislation and even fact have all but vanished from the public discourse."
--The New York Review of Books

"Hochschild moves beyond the truism that less affluent voters who support small government and tax cuts are voting against their own economic interest."
--O Magazine

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 country--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 meets--among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident--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 dream--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 "red" 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 "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781620972250
  • ISBN-10: 1620972255
  • Publisher: New Press
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds


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Books > Social Science > Sociology - General
Books > Political Science > Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hochschild (The Outsourced Self), a sociologist and UC–Berkeley professor emerita, brings her expertise to American politics, addressing today’s conservative movement and the ever-widening gap between right and left. Hochschild contends that current thinking neglects the importance of emotion in politics. Though touching lightly on objective causes, she goes searching primarily for what she names the “deep story”—emotional truth. She focuses on a single group (the Tea Party), state (Louisiana), and issue (environmental pollution), opening her mind—and, crucially, her heart—to the way avowed conservatives tell their stories. Her deeply humble approach is refreshing and strengthens her research. Hochschild discovers attitudes and behaviors around key concepts such as work, honor, religion, welfare, and the environment that may surprise those with left-leaning politics. She intrigues, for example, by showing that what the left regards as prejudice, the right sees as release from imposed “feeling rules,” and the “sympathy fatigue” that results. She skillfully invites liberal readers into the lives of Americans whose views they may have never seriously considered. After evaluating her conclusions and meeting her informants in these pages, it’s hard to disagree that empathy is the best solution to stymied political and social discourse. Agent: Georges Borchardt, Georges Borchardt Inc. (Sept.)

 
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