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Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration

Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration - 00 edition

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Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674009929

Michele Lamont

ISBN13: 978-0674009929
ISBN10: 0674009924
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

2000 C. Wright Mills Award sponsored by the C. Wright Mills Award Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems

Michèle Lamont takes us into the world inhabited by working-class men--the world as they understand it. Interviewing black and white working-class men who, because they are not college graduates, have limited access to high-paying jobs and other social benefits, she constructs a revealing portrait of how they see themselves and the rest of society.

Morality is at the center of these workers' worlds. They find their identity and self-worth in their ability to discipline themselves and conduct responsible but caring lives. These moral standards function as an alternative to economic definitions of success, offering them a way to maintain dignity in an out-of-reach American dreamland. But these standards also enable them to draw class boundaries toward the poor and, to a lesser extent, the upper half. Workers also draw rigid racial boundaries, with white workers placing emphasis on the "disciplined self" and blacks on the "caring self." Whites thereby often construe blacks as morally inferior because they are lazy, while blacks depict whites as domineering, uncaring, and overly disciplined.

This book also opens up a wider perspective by examining American workers in comparison with French workers, who take the poor as "part of us" and are far less critical of blacks than they are of upper-middle-class people and immigrants. By singling out different "moral offenders" in the two societies, workers reveal contrasting definitions of "cultural membership" that help us understand and challenge the forms of inequality found in both societies.

Author Bio

Lamont, Michele : Princeton University

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Sense of Their Worlds
The Questions
The People
The Research

I. American Workers

1. The World in Moral Order

"Disciplined Selves": Survival, Work Ethic, and Responsibility
Providing for and Protecting the Family
Straightforwardness and Personal Integrity
Salvation from Pollution: Religion and Traditional Morality
Caring Selves: Black Conceptions of Solidarity and Altruism
The Policing of Moral Boundaries

2. Euphemized Racism: Moral qua Racial Boundaries

How Morality Defines Racism
Whites on Blacks
Blacks on Whites
Immigration
The Policing of Racial Boundaries

3. Assessing"People Above" and"People Below"

Morality and Class Relations
"People Above"
"People Below"
The Policing of Class Boundaries

II. The United States Compared

4. Workers Compared

Profile of French Workers
Profile of North African Immigrants
Working Class Morality
The Policing of Moral Boundaries Compared

5. Racism Compared

French Workers on Muslims
French Workers' Antiracism: Egalitarianism and Solidarity
North African Responses
The Policing of Racial Boundaries Compared

6. Class Boundaries Compared

Class Boundaries in a Dying Class Struggle
Workers on"People Above"
Solidarity à la française: Against"Exclusion"
The Policing of Class Boundaries Compared
Conclusion: Toward a New Agenda

Appendix A: Methods and Analysis
Appendix B: The Context of the Interview: Economic Insecurity, Globalization, and Places
Appendix C: Interviewees
Notes
References
Index

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