Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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Russel Honoré Character Analysis

A Lieutenant General in the Army and environmental activist who took Hochschild up the Mississippi river while he was running for Governor of Louisiana. “The General” famously led the rescue effort during Hurricane Katrina and is one of the few politically-minded people Hochschild encounters who recognizes the government’s close ties to the oil industry and wants to put stricter environmental regulations into place. He sees Louisianans as victims of a psychological program aimed at convincing them that they have to choose between their jobs and the environment.

Russel Honoré Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Russel Honoré or refer to Russel Honoré . 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 13 Quotes

“We need Mikes.” Don't be a Cowboy in enduring pollution, he seemed to say. Be a Cowboy fighting it.

Related Symbols: The Bayou Corne Sinkhole
Page Number: 195
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Without a national vision based on the common good, none of us could leave a natural heritage to our children, or, as the General said, be “free.” A free market didn't make us a free people, I thought. But I had slipped way over to my side of the empathy wall again.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Russel Honoré
Page Number: 201-202
Explanation and Analysis:
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Russel Honoré Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the character Russel Honoré appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4 – The Candidates
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Hochschild meets gubernatorial candidate Russel Honoré, an Army general who led the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort and who is one of... (full context)
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Hochschild and Honoré travel to the town of Gonzales, which lies within “one of the most polluted industrial... (full context)
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Hochschild returns to her drive with Honoré. She asked him to answer one of the most common objections she hears from Louisianans:... (full context)
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...things as gun violence, car accidents, or toxic pollution.” She wonders whether the “psychological program” Honoré sees at work is the true explanation for Louisianans’ politics—perhaps people don’t hate the government... (full context)
Chapter 5 – The “Least Resistant Personality”
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...whether people with the “least resistant personality” are more easily influenced by the “psychological program” Honoré described, but then considers that this may be “too easy an idea,” one that does... (full context)
Chapter 13 – The Rebel: A Team Loyalist with a New Cause
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...sinkhole first opened, Mike organized a group of residents and got in touch with General Honoré. Honoré worked with them to start the Green Army, an umbrella group for smaller environmental... (full context)
Appendix A – The Research
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...into Mike Tritico’s network of anti-environmentalist friends, and encountered activists like Mike Schaff and General Honoré at public environmentalist rallies. (full context)