The Work of Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild is a sociologist who taught at the University of California Berkeley.  Several years ago she wanted to learn about supporters of the Tea Party.  So, through a contact of hers, she arranged to travel to Southern Louisiana and live amongst the Tea Party supporters there.  She made it very clear to them that she was from Berkeley and that she realized that it might be difficult for them to open up to her.  But she managed to convey to them her sincere interest in understanding how they saw the world.  So over the course of several years she visited their homes, shared meals with them, attended church services with them, and together with them visited the homes in which they grew up and the schools they attended.  She accompanied them to picnics and rallies.  The result of her experiences and the research based on these experiences led her to create what she called The Deep Stories of these people.  She published a book called Strangers In Their Own Land which discusses her experiences and shares the Deep Stories. It is fascinating reading.  But for now, I want to share with you a podcast created by Ezra Klein where Ezra Interviewed her about her work and devoted considerable time to a discussion of the deep stories she uncovered.