Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University Capitol Hill
Mon., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. 2018
Recommended by Rich Smith
By now we're all sick of relitigating the 2016 election, but renowned Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild wrote one of the more considered books on the subject, one that's infinitely more useful than J.D. Vance's hillbilly whatever. To write Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild spent five years interviewing white middle-class and lower-middle-class Tea Partiers in Louisiana. And guess what? She discovers they think immigrants, black people, brown people, and women are stealing "their" tax dollars and "cutting ahead" in line. They think the government is way bigger than it is. They're racist, and so they wanted to vote for the racist even though the economic and environmental policies people tell him to advance destroy their own homes and food sources. We know all that, but Hochschild also reveals some surprising and not totally obvious differences between Trump and his voters, which may be of use in 2018. Christopher Sebastian Parker, professor of political science at University of Washington, will join her for a discussion of her findings.
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