Arlie Russell Hochschild Resource Recommendations

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic, Arlie Russell Hochschild recently sat down with Rachel Min Park to discuss “Crossing Divides in a Precarious Future: The White Working Class and the Upcoming General Election.”

Below you can find Arlie Russell Hochschild’s top resource recommendations on the topics of the American right, the polarization of politics, and the dismantling of the working class:

  • Listen Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People, Thomas Frank

“This is an illuminating polemic which  traces the present divide between the Democratic Party and the working class.” — Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • Saving Capitalism, Bob Reich

“This speaks to an important  class divide we don’t focus on, both Republican—between small capital and big capital—and points to an important tension in the Republican Party.” — Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • The Hidden Injuries of Class, Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb

“This is a deep and important work. Though not an easy read  (as if the core was hard for the authors to feel) tells of the anguish of a blue-collar father who sacrifices himself to his son to go to college and rise, and then feels left behind. Ultimately It’s about dignity.” — Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good, Michael Sandel

“An important book about the maldistribution of dignity.  Here are my thoughts about it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/books/review/the-tyranny-of-merit-michael-j-sandel.html” — Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Anne Case and Angus Deaton

“This lays out the plight of white working class Americans—whose story is loss—including loss of the status of race. The book is in the tables which are clear and devastating. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/books/review/deaths-of-despair-and-the-future-of-capitalism-anne-case-angus-deaton.html” — Arlie Russell Hochschild

To watch the recorded video, please visit the “Crossing Divides in a Precarious Future: The White Working Class and the Upcoming General Election” webpage here.