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Getting RespectResponding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel$
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Michèle Lamont, Graziella Moraes Silva, Jessica S. Welburn, Joshua Guetzkow, Nissim Mizrachi, Hanna Herzog, and Elisa Reis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183404

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183404.001.0001

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Getting Respect
Author(s):

Michèle Lamont

Graziella Moraes Silva

Jessica S. Welburn

Joshua Guetzkow

Nissim Mizrachi

Hanna Herzog

Elisa Reis

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183404.003.0003

This chapter examines how African Americans residing in New York experience specific incidents of stigmatization and discrimination. It first provides an overview of the background conditions and the place of African Americans in U.S. society in general and in the New York metropolitan area in particular, citing the latter's history of racial tension and deindustrialization. It then presents a complex portrait of African American ethnoracial groupness, with a focus on self-identification and group boundaries, before analyzing how African Americans responded when asked a series of questions about their experiences of stigmatization and discrimination, from what they call assault on worth to racism (blatant or subtle), poor service, and double standards. The chapter also considers how the respondents understand discrimination and describes variations in their experiences by class, age, and gender. Finally, it explores the group's responses (ideal and actual) to stigmatization and discrimination.

Keywords:   groupness, African Americans, New York, stigmatization, discrimination, racial tension, self-identification, group boundaries, assault on worth, racism

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