Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land


Arlie Russell Hochschild

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Refers to the way that many of Hochschild’s subjects see no rewards for sympathizing with marginalized groups and therefore start to think those groups are taking advantage of their charity. They become skeptical of whether their good deeds are actually doing good and revert to an attitude of self-protection rather than openness toward difference.

Sympathy Fatigue Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Sympathy Fatigue or refer to Sympathy Fatigue. 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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Sympathy Fatigue Term Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the term Sympathy Fatigue appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9 – The Deep Story
Trust, Empathy, and Political Progress Theme Icon
Capitalism, Media, and Class Conflict Theme Icon
Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
Many of Hochschild’s Louisiana acquaintances feel sympathy fatigue . At first, they are sympathetic to marginalized groups, but they soon begin to think... (full context)