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Strangers in Their Own Land

Anger and Mourning on the American Right

by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
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    Sep 2016, 368 pages

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Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help people understand what it feels like to live in "red" America.

Arlie Russell Hochschild's dive into the heart of Tea Party America is as good a glimpse of right wing philosophy as an East Coast born, Berkeley educated sociologist can offer. Begun years before Donald Trump appeared as a serious contender for US President, her research focused on (as she calls it) a "keyhole issue": the environment. Since Louisiana is home to both the worst environmental pollution in the country and a high percentage of right wing citizens, she decided to base her study there. And since right-leaning voters tend to eschew governmental programs that would help prevent pollution – of the kind that has cost these Louisianans their homes, jobs, health and family members – she saw a nearly unfathomable paradox.

Hochschild did her homework. Not only had she read just about every credible book on the Tea Party and the American Right, her book is heavily ...

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