1st Edition

Responses to Stigmatization in Comparative Perspective

Edited By Michèle Lamont, Nissim Mizrachi Copyright 2013
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Multiculturalism and diversity have raised a number of challenges for liberal democracy, not least the stigmatization of people in response to these developments. In this book, leading experts from a range of disciplines look at the responses to stigmatization from the perspectives of ordinary people. They use a range of case studies drawn from the US, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, South Africa, and Sweden: the first systematic qualitative and cross-national exploration of how diverse minority groups respond to stigmatization in the course of their everyday lives.

    The chapters in this book tackle a range of theoretical questions about stigmatization, including how they make sense of their experiences, how they shape subsequent behaviour, and how they negotiate and transform social and symbolic boundaries within a range of social and institutional contexts.

    Responses to Stigmatization in Comparative Perspective provides new data and analysis of how stigmatization affects a range of societies, and its original research and analysis will be important reading for those studying Ethnicity, as well as Sociologists, Political Scientists, and Anthropologists. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    1. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things: responses to stigmatization in comparative perspective Michèle Lamont and Nissim Mizrachi

    2. The multiple dimensions of racial mixture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: from whitening to Brazilian negritude Graziella Moraes D. Silva and Elisa P. Reis

    3. African Americans respond to stigmatization: the meanings and salience of confronting, deflecting conflict, educating the ignorant and ‘managing the self’ Crystal M. Fleming, Michèle Lamont and Jessica S. Welburn

    4. Participatory destigmatization strategies among Palestinian citizens, Ethiopian Jews and Mizrahi Jews in Israel Nissim Mizrachi and Hanna Herzog

    5. Between global racial and bounded identity: choice of destigmatization strategies among Ethiopian Jews in Israel Nissim Mizrachi and Adane Zawdu

    6. Transforming meanings and group positions: tactics and framing in Anishinaabe-white relations in Northwestern Ontario, Canada Jeffrey S. Denis

    7. Name change and destigmatization among Middle Eastern immigrants in Sweden Moa Bursell

    8. White cruelty or Republican sins? Competing frames of stigma reversal in French commemorations of slavery Crystal M. Fleming

    9. Folk conceptualizations of racism and antiracism in Brazil and South Africa Graziella Moraes D. Silva

    10. Stop ‘blaming the man’: perceptions of inequality and opportunities for success in the Obama era among middle-class African Americans Jessica S. Welburn and Cassi L. Pittman


    Michèle Lamont is Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University, USA.

    Nissim Mizrachi is a Faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Science at Tel Aviv University, Israel.