Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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PPG Management Character Analysis

The directors of Pittsburgh Plate Glass, which runs a petrochemical plant in DeRidder, have close ties to the local and state governments. At a community meeting in 1987 they pretended not to know how the bayou became polluted, until Lee Sherman—who they ordered to illegally dump the toxic materials and fired when he got sick from them—got on stage and told the crowd the truth.

PPG Management Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by PPG Management or refer to PPG Management. 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:
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). 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 2 Quotes

In the life of one man, Lee Sherman, I saw reflected both sides of the paradox—the need for help and a principled refusal of it.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Lee Sherman, PPG Management
Page Number: 35
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PPG Management Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the character PPG Management appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 – “One Thing Good”
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...and NASCAR driver, but now “he is happy to be alive” after working at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory for years—in fact, all of his old co-workers have died. (full context)
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Sherman became an environmentalist in the 1980s after leaving PPG, but now he is an activist for the Tea Party. Hochschild wonders how Sherman squares... (full context)
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...was the perfect match for a job “fitting and repairing pipes carrying lethal chemicals” at PPG. (full context)
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...safety equipment; a half hour later, “the plant blew up” and five people died. At PPG, this lack of safety equipment was standard—for years, Sherman repaired pipes with his bare hands... (full context)
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The day after that spill, PPG management ordered Sherman to “take on another ominous job.” He would sneak out with a... (full context)
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Seven years after PPG fired Lee, fish started dying en masse in the Bayou d’Inde. A government task force... (full context)
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Lee Sherman tells Hochschild about a public meeting organized to address the contamination. PPG and state officials sat together on stage, telling “about a thousand angry fishermen” that their... (full context)
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Lee feels that PPG made him do their “moral dirty work” and then “discarded” him like “a form of... (full context)
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...man” and claims to be seeking vindication against the government, just like he did against PPG. Both wronged him, Hochschild suggests, but at least PPG gave him a good paycheck and... (full context)
Chapter 3 – The Rememberers
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...are dead. Harold and Annette live just downstream from the spot where Lee Sherman dumped PPG’s toxic waste and just across the Bayou d’Inde from the place where three generations of... (full context)
Chapter 4 – The Candidates
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...to alarm us,” and Hochschild gives the example of a 2013 explosion at the old PPG plant, after which regulators claimed to detect nothing out of the ordinary. (full context)
Chapter 5 – The “Least Resistant Personality”
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Hochschild wonders why companies like PPG would specifically choose to build plants in Louisiana. She discovers the answer in a consultant’s... (full context)
Chapter 8 – The Pulpit and the Press: “The Topic Doesn’t Come Up”
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After Lee Sherman exposed PPG’s illegal dumping, he joined the environmental activist organization RESTORE. In 1997, he helped sick Condea... (full context)
Chapter 9 – The Deep Story
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...they are siding with big businesses against the government—even Lee Sherman still holds stock in PPG. Finally, Hochschild wonders what kind of “deep story self” sustains the Tea Party’s “extraordinary determination”... (full context)
Chapter 16 – “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees”
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...they did not completely seal the waste they left behind. Plus, Axiall—the newest iteration of PPG—is building a new factory on the other side of the Arenos’ house. The noise has... (full context)