Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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Feeling Rules Term Analysis

A set of demands that prescribes how people should feel toward certain others in certain situations. Hochschild sees conservative Louisianans as fed up with the feeling rules of liberal American “PC” culture and Donald Trump as offering them a way out of the moralizing North’s demands that Southerners accept people unlike them into the American mainstream.

Feeling Rules Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Feeling Rules or refer to Feeling Rules. 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 8 Quotes

The Tea Party listener felt Christiane Amanpour was implicitly scolding her. The woman didn't want to be told she should feel sorry for, or responsible for, the fate of the [sick or starving] child. Amanpour was overstepping her role as a commentator by suggesting how to feel. The woman had her feeling guard up.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker)
Page Number: 128
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Chapter 9 Quotes

As an ideal, the American Dream proposed a right way of feeling. You should feel hopeful, energetic, focused, mobilized. Progress—its core idea—didn't go with feeling confused or mournful.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker)
Page Number: 140-141
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“I don't mind somebody being gay if they want to be gay. Just be a regular person, go to work, mow the lawn, fish. You don't have to be shouting it from the mountaintops. Don't make me change and don't call me a bigot if I don't.”

Related Characters: Janice Areno (speaker), Arlie Russell Hochschild
Page Number: 162
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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 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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Feeling Rules Term Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the term Feeling Rules appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8 – The Pulpit and the Press: “The Topic Doesn’t Come Up”
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Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
...journalist Christiane Amanpour interviews a sick or starving child, as though Amanpour is “imposing liberal feeling rules ” on her, telling her to “feel sorry for, or responsible for, the fate of... (full context)
Chapter 11 – The Worshipper: Invisible Renunciation
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...writing a check?” and Hochschild sees her disdain for him as expressing a conflict of feeling rules . (full context)
Chapter 14 – The Fires of History: The 1860s and the 1960s
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...Tea Party allowed its members to forget the pleas of other downtrodden groups, shed liberal feeling rules and instead focus on “aspiring high.” Hochschild sees this attitude as continuing the legacy of... (full context)
Chapter 15 – Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise
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Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
...standards of speech for the public sphere. In doing so, he also rejects the liberal feeling rules that so frustrated his supporters. Ultimately, far-right conservatives felt both that “the deep story was... (full context)