Understanding Red State Rage & What To Do About It


Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us for a discussion with Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hochschild's most recent research focuses on the rise of the American right–the topic of her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award.

Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and focusing on emotions, Professor Hochschild tries to scale an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as they do. What do members of the Tea Party–or anyone else–want to feel about the nation and its leaders? Professor Hochschild trace this desire to what she call their “deep story”–a feels-as-if story of their difficult struggle for the American Dream. Hidden beneath the right-wing hostility to almost all government intervention, she argue, lies an anguishing loss of honor, alienation and engagement in a hidden social class war.

Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship; Academic Dean, HKS, will moderate. 

This discussion is a part of the Rebuilding Democracy Seminar Series.