Author, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild to speak at University of New Orleans
Acclaimed sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the bestselling “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning in the American Right”, will speak at the University of New Orleans on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the University Center on UNO’s main campus, located at 2000 Lakeshore Drive.
See below for more information about the event and speaker:
Hochschild’s latest book examining the widening political divide in America is the result of time she spent immersed with families and residents in “red” America, including spending five years in Lake Charles, LA, where she attended fish fries, gumbo cook-offs, Pentacostal church services, and rallies in support of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The result is a well-reported and empathetic look at the people, experiences and thought behind the Tea Party phenomenon. The book was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award.
Professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley who has authored other groundbreaking and award-winning sociological studies such as The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home and The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work, Hochschild said she was inspired to write Strangers in Their Own Land after a decade of witnessing and wondering about what was propelling so many in the nation’s poorest states to oppose federal aid and the embrace the ideals of the political right.
“I set out to spend time with people as different from me, politically, as I could possibly find—and to try to understand them,” she said. “When you study others carefully, you reduce heat and extend light.”
Her findings reveal what she describes as people who are voting for their “emotional self-interest” and have not, as some liberals suggest, been “duped” into voting against their self-interest. They are responding to a palpable sense of loss and sadness, she writes.
Hochschild will deliver her talk in the Innsbruck Room on the second floor of the University Center. The event is free and open to the public. For the full press release visit UNO’s website here.