A Thought-Provoking Journey
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. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild journeys to Louisiana bayou country - a stronghold of the conservative right. Though this community's ideas differ vastly from her own, she realizes that Americans share a few key principles - the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for our children. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help listeners 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?