Harold and Annette Areno’s niece, an accountant who Hochschild profiles in Chapter 10. Janice is so loyal to the Republican Party that she collects elephant statues—she exemplifies the Team Loyalist subtype of the endurance self. She is deeply religious, will sacrifice anything for her family, and even “dresses Pentecostal” without makeup or jewelry. Hard work is her cardinal virtue, and she is proud of her ability to endure difficult conditions without needing government assistance. In fact, she has little sympathy for people who refuse to work and thinks the government should “let them starve.” She sees government spending as wasteful and “personal morality” as increasingly eroding in the liberal parts of America. She spent years building her dream retirement home by hand and comes to resolutely support Donald Trump.
Janice Areno Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land
The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Janice Areno or refer to Janice Areno. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The New Press edition of Strangers in Their Own Land published in 2016.).
Chapter 10 Quotes
“I don't mind somebody being gay if they want to be gay. Just be a regular person, go to work, mow the lawn, fish. You don't have to be shouting it from the mountaintops. Don't make me change and don't call me a bigot if I don't.”
Janice Areno Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land
The timeline below shows where the character Janice Areno appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10 – The Team Player: Loyalty Above All
...“driving up in Lexus cars” to bring their kids to a government-funded Head Start program. Janice acknowledges that “some people think I’m too hard-nosed,” but she declares that, “if people refuse... (full context)
Hochschild asks whether she thinks there should be welfare for children in poverty, but Janice proposes that it’s the children’s responsibility to get themselves educated, “churched,” and out of poverty.... (full context)
...who came face-to-face with pollution, and Hochschild insists on meeting him. When they meet at Janice’s aunt’s house, Dicky tells Hochschild about one day he was riding his horse, Ted, in... (full context)
Chapter 11 – The Worshipper: Invisible Renunciation
...“developed a worshipful attitude and a capacity for meaningful renunciation.” Just as “Team Loyalists like Janice Areno,” Jackie is able to “do without what [she] wanted” by accommodating pollution for the... (full context)
Chapter 12 – The Cowboy: Stoicism
...an hour—in reverse.” Donny has worked a series of dangerous jobs and “hates environmentalists.” If Janice is a Team Loyalist and Jackie is a Worshipper, Hochschild explains, then Donny is a... (full context)
Chapter 15 – Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise
On her last visit, about half of Hochschild’s friends in Louisiana backed Trump. Janice Areno and Donny McCorquodale were ardent supporters; Mike Schaff preferred Ted Cruz. Jackie Tabor, Harold... (full context)
Chapter 16 – “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees”
...walks around Berkeley, wondering what her Louisiana friends would think of her liberal enclave. Would Janice Areno see a vegan restaurant with a monthly pay-what-you-want day as “hippy-dippy or as a... (full context)
...to Israel and opened a stationary bicycle gym in Lake Charles. On Hochschild’s last visit, Janice Areno joked that she was “a green person” when her air conditioner clicked off. The... (full context)
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
...with Hochschild that a statue of Frederick Douglass should be erected alongside it, and others—like Janice Areno—worry that taking down one statue would cause a slippery slope whereby liberals can “go... (full context)