The National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestseller that became a guide and balm for a country struggling to understand the election of Donald Trump
"A generous but disconcerting look at the Tea Party. . . . This is a smart, respectful and compelling book."—Jason DeParle, The New York Times Book Review
When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic, “Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives. . . . [Her] attentive, detailed portraits . . . reveal a gulf between Hochchild’s ‘strangers in their own land’ and a new elite.” Already a favorite common read book in communities and on campuses across the country and called “humble and important” by David Brooks and “masterly” by Atul Gawande, Hochschild’s book has been lauded by Noam Chomsky, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, and countless others.
The paperback edition features a new afterword by the author reflecting on the election of Donald Trump and the other events that have unfolded both in Louisiana and around the country since the hardcover edition was published, and also includes a readers’ group guide at the back of the book.
Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Great Paradox
1 Traveling to the Heart 3
2 "One Thing Good" 25
3 The Rememberers 39
4 The Candidates 55
5 The "Least Resistant Personality" 73
Part 2 The Social Terrain
6 Industry: "The Buckle in America's Energy Belt" 85
7 The State: Governing the Market 4,000 Feet Below 99
8 The Pulpit and the Press: "The Topic Doesn't Come Up" 117
Part 3 The Deep Story And The People In It
9 The Deep Story 135
10 The Team Player: Loyalty Above All 153
11 The Worshipper: Invisible Renunciation 169
12 The Cowboy: Stoicism 181
13 The Rebel: A Team Loyalist with a New Cause 193
Part 4 Going National
14 The Fires of History: The 1860s and the 1960s 207
15 Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise 221
16 "They Say There Are Beautiful Trees" 231
Appendix A The Research 273
Appendix B Politics and Pollution: National Discoveries from ToxMap 277
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