Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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The Structural Squeeze Term Analysis

Results from the contradiction between people’s belief in the American Dream and their inability to realize it. Stuck without the opportunities their ancestors had, Hochschild’s friends in Louisiana try to explain why the Dream is failing for them by blaming government social spending and labor competition with line cutters.

The Structural Squeeze Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by The Structural Squeeze or refer to The Structural Squeeze. 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:
Trust, Empathy, and Political Progress Theme Icon
). 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 9 Quotes

You are a stranger in your own land. You do not recognize yourself in how others see you. It is a struggle to feel seen and honored. And to feel honored you have to feel—and feel seen as—moving forward. But through no fault of your own, and in ways that are hidden, you are moving backward.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker)
Page Number: 144
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Chapter 14 Quotes

For the Tea Party around the country, the shifting moral qualifications for the American Dream had turned them into strangers in their own land, afraid, resentful, displaced, and dismissed by the very people who were, they felt, cutting in line. The undeclared class war transpiring on a different stage, with different actors, and evoking a different notion of fairness was leading those engaged in it to blame the “supplier” of the impostors—the federal government.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker)
Page Number: 218
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Afterword Quotes

For the most part, the real line cutters are not people one can blame or politicians [one] can thunder against. That’s because they’re not people. They’re robots. Nothing is changing the face of American industry faster than automation, and nowhere is that change more stark than in the cornerstone of Louisiana’s industrial wealth, oil.

Related Characters: Arlie Russell Hochschild (speaker)
Page Number: 261
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The Structural Squeeze Term Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the term The Structural Squeeze 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
Capitalism, Media, and Class Conflict Theme Icon
Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
Hochschild sees this deep story as a “response to a real squeeze,” namely the tension between the ideal of progress and that progress’s increasing difficulty. On the... (full context)
Chapter 10 – The Team Player: Loyalty Above All
Capitalism, Media, and Class Conflict Theme Icon
Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
...story makes sense” for Janice, as someone who has “made it out of the structural squeeze” and reached economic security through hard work and endurance. But this endurance required Janice to... (full context)