Respect and Rights: Class, Race, and Gender Today (Paperback)
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Respect and Rights: Class, Race, and Gender Today (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 27/08/2002
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Despite great improvements in recent years, group respect is increasingly the key issue of class, race-ethnicity, and gender. It is a central promoter of today's inequalities. Disrespect appears in modes of speech, prejudice and discrimination, inattention, everyday treatment, violence, social distance, low regard for the honesty or intelligence of those treated as "others." An acute sense of respect deficit appears among women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, gays and lesbians, Muslims, people with disabilities-and those of low income or education. The causes-tradition, institutional practices, economic and psychological gain-and the economic, political, social, and psychological costs of group respect deficits are analyzed in public opinion and other data as well as from many other sources. In the first national analysis of the long-neglected issue of group self-respect, surprising changes in the self attitudes of African Americans are reported. Respect affects rights for low group respect impedes the enforcement and pursuit of rights. Authentic inclusion requires transformation of institutions, a more daunting task than overcoming prejudice. Action policies are proposed that would bring class, race and gender groups into more effective alliances.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742517295
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 228 x 149 x 12 mm


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This book blessedly ends the psychologists' monopoly over the subject of respect. In clear prose, the authors show that if you want to understand respect, or just seek to get it, you need a lively sociological imagination. Their sociological take on the subject deserves respect (if I can use the word) and shines new light on American society and politics. -- Charles Derber, Boston College; author of Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times
Authors focus on issues of respect, looking at the problem as a group issue. They analyze the costs of disrespect for the groups. Their concern is particularly on 'identity groups,' that is cleavages other than those caused by differences in basic economic position. On the other hand, they recognize that disrespect has important economic consequences for these identity groups. As the authors note, this emphasis is different from focusing on the status and prestige of individuals. In turn, the authors consider the level of respect given to other groups as also a weapon used by dominant groups to advance their position at the cost of the groups that they disrespect. Going beyond this and taking off on Goffman's famous phrase, 'the presentation of self in everyday life,' the authors analyze the 'presentation of the group to the group.' A very interesting and provocative claim is made that disrespect gets harder to achieve as a group gets closer to eliminating disrespect. -- Stanley Lieberson, professor of sociology, Harvard University
The moral economy of respect takes center stage in this engaging book about the ways in which groups in our society are honored or dismissed as unworthy. Racial, ethnic, and class groups on the receiving end of discrimination and putdowns no longer accept this treatment as legitimate and fight to put an end to it through the courts, the media, and in everyday encounters across social boundaries. This book will enlighten social scientists, philosophers, and readers concerned with the language of respect in which we are so thoroughly steeped. -- Katherine S. Newman, Harvard Wiener Professor of Urban Studies, Kennedy School of Government and dean of social science, Radcliffe Institute for Adv

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