Book discussion: ‘Strangers in Their Own Land - Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Posted:  Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:45pm

BELFAST — The Belfast Free Library will host a community book discussion on the book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. The discussion will take place Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. and will be co-facilitated by Ridgley Fuller and Cloe Chunn. All are invited to join the conversation.

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, Calif., 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, 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 many on the political right have been duped into voting against their interests. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces—fear of cultural eclipse, economic decline, perceived government betrayal—which override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. 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?

A limited number of books will be available at the library. Please stop by or call the main circulation desk of the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884, ext. 10, to sign up.

Event Date: 
Mon, 02/27/2017 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Belfast Free Library
106 High Street
Belfast  Maine  04915