Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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The conservative ideal of a person who patiently endures hardship, feels connected to their local community, and works hard for the American Dream. Hochschild thinks that Louisianans’ endurance self is increasingly threatened by the growing power of the liberal cosmopolitan self throughout the rest of the United States, especially since the 1960s. She sees three expressions of this endurance self: the Team Loyalist, the Worshipper, and the Cowboy.

Endurance Self Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Endurance Self or refer to Endurance Self. 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:
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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 10 Quotes

Sometimes Team Players had to suck it up and just cope.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Janice Areno
Page Number: 163
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Jackie's lesson ran counter to the deep story; one shouldn't wish too much for what seems like the next step toward the American Dream. That was grabbing. On the other hand, she had struggled hard emotionally not to grab for it.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Jackie Tabor
Page Number: 175
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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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Chapter 14 Quotes

How do you join the identity politics parade and also bring it to a halt?

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker)
Page Number: 212
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Chapter 15 Quotes

While economic self-interest is never entirely absent, what I discovered was the profound importance of emotional self-interest—a giddy release from the feeling of being a stranger in one’s own land.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Donald Trump
Page Number: 228
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Chapter 16 Quotes

Louisianans are sacrificial lambs to the entire American industrial system. Left or right, we all happily use plastic combs, toothbrushes, cell phones, and cars, but we don't all pay for it with high pollution. As research for this book shows, red states pay for it more—partly through their own votes for easier regulation and partly through their exposure to a social terrain of politics, industry, television channels, and a pulpit that invites them to do so. In one way, people in blue states have their cake and cat it too, while many in red states have neither. Paradoxically, politicians on the right appeal to this sense of victimhood, even when policies such as those of former governor Jindal exacerbate the problem.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker), Bobby Jindal
Page Number: 232
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Endurance Self Term Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the term Endurance Self 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
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Hochschild describes “three distinct expressions of this endurance self .” She calls these three varieties the Worshipper, the Cowboy, and the Team Loyalist. Each... (full context)
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...“false notions of the good and the true.” She also needs to defend her “rooted” endurance self , which is “based in a busy, dense, stable community of relatives, co-parishioners, and friends”... (full context)
Chapter 13 – The Rebel: A Team Loyalist with a New Cause
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Mike has a part of each type of endurance self : he is “a fighter but not a Cowboy, a man of religion but not... (full context)
Chapter 14 – The Fires of History: The 1860s and the 1960s
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...that liberals see as a denial of their own class status. But this kind of endurance self is threatened by the less rooted, more liberal “upper-middle-class cosmopolitan self” that is “directed to... (full context)