A subtype of the endurance self, Cowboys see honor and masculine pride in facing dangers, even unnecessary ones. Donny McCorquodale embodies this type of self-understanding: he resents the government for trying to eliminate risks he believes people should be free to take. Surveying Louisiana’s lax enforcement of environmental regulations and restrictions on dangerous behaviors in general, Hochschild concludes that it is a “Cowboy state.”
Cowboy Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land
The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Cowboy or refer to Cowboy. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 13 Quotes
“We need Mikes.” Don't be a Cowboy in enduring pollution, he seemed to say. Be a Cowboy fighting it.
Cowboy Term Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land
The timeline below shows where the term Cowboy 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
...“three distinct expressions of this endurance self.” She calls these three varieties the Worshipper, the Cowboy, and the Team Loyalist. Each has their own kind of heroism, but they converge in... (full context)
Chapter 12 – The Cowboy: Stoicism
Chapter 13 – The Rebel: A Team Loyalist with a New Cause