"Hochschild (The Outsourced Self), a sociologist and UC Berkeley professor emerita, brings her expertise to American politics, addressing today's conservative movement and the ever-widening gap between right and left... After evaluating her conclusions and meeting her informants in these pages, it's hard to disagree." --Publishers Weekly
"A well-told chronicle of an ambitious sociological project of significant current importance." --Kirkus Reviews
"Strangers in Their Own Land_ is the most satisfying example yet of this fish-out-of-water approach..." --The New York Review of Books"The anger and hurt of the author&apo;s interviewees is intelligible to all. In today's political climate, this may be invaluable." --The Economist
"It is a discouraging truth to hear. But we are indebted to Hochschild for her patience, intelligence and generosity of spirit in telling it." --In These Times
"A smart, respectful and compelling book." --New York Times
"Psychologically nuanced." --O, the Oprah Magazine
"Without caricature or condescension, she has shared their world with us." --Newsday
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?