Respect and Rights: Class, Race, and Gender Today

Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - 197 páginas
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.

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The Respect Revolution
The Respect Deficit
Disrespecting Attitudes
The Class Face of Respect
The Costs of Disrespect
Roads to Disrespect
Group SelfRespect
Knotty Problems
The Longest Miles
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S. M. Miller is research professor of sociology at Boston College and director, Project on Income and Poverty at the Commonwealth Institute. He has been president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Eastern Sociological Society, the Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy of the International Sociological Association. Currently, he is on boards of CROP, the poverty research affiliate of the International Social Science Council, United for a Fair Economy, Poverty and Race Research Action Council and the Fourth World Movement. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 articles and is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of more than l0 books and monographs. He has been a Guggenheim, German Marshall Fund and Fullbright fellow. Anthony J. Savoie is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Boston College and a research associate at the Commonwealth Institute. His research interests are in social stratification and consumer culture, particularly the relevance of Thorstein Veblen's theories for understanding stratification today. He holds a Master's Degree in Social Work, and spent several years working in homeless programs with adults and adolescents in Boston. He now lives in Rome, Italy.

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