Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Presenter: Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley
5101 Tolman Hall
Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as they do. What do members of the Tea Party want to feel about the nation and its leaders? Hochschild argues that beneath the right-wing hostility to almost all government intervention lies an anguishing loss of honor, alienation and engagement in a hidden social class war.