Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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A conservative white Louisiana resident who Hochschild describes as an outgoing insurance saleswoman. Galicia’s father abandoned her family when she was young, and Hochschild notes that Galicia could have benefited from paid family leave during that time of her life even though she vehemently opposes it now. Sharon is the first example of the contradictory politics Hochschild later comes to call “The Great Paradox.”

Sharon Galicia Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Sharon Galicia or refer to Sharon Galicia . 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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Preface Quotes

We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with the “other” side brings an end to clearheaded analysis when, in truth, it’s on the other side of the bridge that the most important analysis can begin.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Sharon Galicia
Page Number: xiii
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Sharon Galicia Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the character Sharon Galicia appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Preface
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One of the people Hochschild followed on her journey was Sharon Galicia, a boisterous single mother who sold medical insurance to industrial laborers as she traveled... (full context)
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Hochschild thanked Sharon as much for the window into her life as for her precious “gift of trust... (full context)
Chapter 15 – Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise
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...McCorquodale were ardent supporters; Mike Schaff preferred Ted Cruz. Jackie Tabor, Harold and Annette Areno, Sharon Galicia and others Hochschild encountered were worried about Trump’s antagonizing personality but still willing to... (full context)
Chapter 16 – “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees”
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...as a business with a touch of church?” Are recycling bins wasteful regulation? What would Sharon Galicia’s left-leaning son think of Berkeley? Hochschild realizes that “our deep stories differ, of course,... (full context)
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
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After the election, Hochschild repeatedly visited Sharon Galicia, who initially favored Ted Cruz but warmed up to Donald Trump during the campaign... (full context)