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Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right
Arlie Russell Hochschild.
This month we are highlighting the selection for the SJU Book Club. The club welcomes all members of the SJU community—students, faculty and staff—to participate. The Book Club is a faculty-staff collaborative effort to engage the community in reading and discussing books which explore our social consciousness and personal identity.
The first meeting will take place during free period (11am-12:15 pm) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in the Presidents’ Lounge in Campion.
In “Strangers in Their Own Land” Sociologist and UC–Berkeley professor emerita Arlie Russel Hochschild explores parts of the United States that are considered centers of the conservative right. The author interviews a variety of residents of Louisiana such as mayors, salesmen, pastors, truck drivers, plant operators, and many others. She is looking to solve what she describes as the Great Paradox: How can a state that has lower life-expectancy, more divorce, lower school enrollment, environmental pollution, (namely those that could benefit from federal aid) dislike government assistance and regulation?
Hochschild delves into this question by crossing what she calls the “empathy wall.” The author is interested in finding out not only why people have certain beliefs but also listening to the anger and frustration of those who believe they have been forgotten. Hochschild’s results of this five-year study are illuminating in the effort to understand America’s political divide.