Strangers in Their Own Land – Anger and Mourning on the American Right

by Arlie Russell-Hochschild

Join the discussion Wed., May 9 at 11:30 am at Raff’s Restaurant in Windsor or at 6:30pm at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins. Or host your own discussion with friends using the materials below.

2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR NONFICTION

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Author Bio – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlie_Russell_Hochschild

Book Review – https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/books/review/strangers-in-their-own-land-arlie-russell-hochschild.html

Book Review – https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/30/book-review-strangers-in-their-own-land-anger-and-mourning-on-the-american-right/#74f1b3c82267

Discussion Questions:

  • Hochschild argues that our political split has widened because “the right has moved right – not because the left has moved left.” Do you agree or disagree? Is her evidence persuasive? What are the implications for our democracy?
  • What does Hochschild consider “the great paradox” and why is Louisiana an extreme example?
  • These people felt that Obama allowed immigrants to ‘cut in line.” Was it justified? Were these people cheated? What is a better solution?
  • Hochschild says that our deep stories lead us to embrace certain aspects of reality and avoid others. What aspects of reality does the right tend to avoid? What about the left?
  • Hochschild argues that the left and right focus on different areas if conflict and “flashpoints?” Do you agree?
  • By the end of the book, Hochschild expresses admiration for her new Tea Party friends, mentioning their capacity, sacrifice, and endurance. Are there other notable traits you became aware of while reading the book? Has your compassion quotient increased?

 

 


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