Responses to Stigmatization in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Michèle Lamont, Nissim Mizrachi

© 2013 – Routledge

188 pages

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pub: 2012-09-04
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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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

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

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General