Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Strangers in Their Own Land

By Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Score: 3
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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?


  • Too expense

    By Usually an iBooks Fan
    Don't buy it from Apple. The iBook is twice the price of the kindle. It's almost twice the price of the hardback edition on Amazon. It's a very interesting read. But don't pay the iBooks price.
  • Strangers In Their Own Land

    By $$$SS
    OUTRAGEOUS pricing! $10.00+ over the competition.
  • To expensive for iBook

    By Billy Beers
    I would love to read this book but like the problem not possible the idea or thought is the problem , when it comes to rich and poor
  • Really, Apple?

    By Rubidium
    Nearly $30 for an iBook version of this book? I'll look elsewhere...
  • Too expensive

    By 123moic
    Title says it. Nothing justifies that high a price.
  • $27.99

    By djswope
    On Amazon = $17.43 and Kindle = $15.39. Come on Apple!
  • Too much

    By Falkender
    I'd like to read this, but the price is high for an e-book. I'll wait and get it from my library.