Why Did 74 Million Americans Vote for Trump? This Sociologist Has the Answer

Arlie Hochschild spent five years interviewing tea party members in Louisiana prior to Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, and is now hanging out with non-college-educated white guys in Appalachia. Democrats should listen to what she has to say

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Arlie Hochschild. Believes that in order to understand anyone’s politics, we need to understand their “deep story” – how they perceive themselves and their situation.
Arlie Hochschild. Believes that in order to understand anyone’s politics, we need to understand their “deep story” – how they perceive themselves and their situation. Credit: Paige K. Parsons
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David B. Green

There are some who think the answer to America’s problems is building walls. Others believe that relief will come only when people can scale the walls already dividing them. Arlie Hochschild is definitely in the latter category.

After the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Berkeley sociologist, who is now 80, became one of the go-to people for help in understanding what made people in “red” America tick. Her book “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” published just before that election, was based on some five years of interviews with tea party supporters living in southwestern Louisiana.

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