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The Resource The Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration, (electronic resource:)

The Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration, (electronic resource:)

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The Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration
Title
The Dignity of Working Men
Title remainder
Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
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Lamont, Michéle
Dewey number
305.5/62
Intended audience
Trade
Intended audience source
Harvard University Press
LC call number
HD8072.5.L36 2000
Series statement
Russell Sage Foundation Ser.
Summary expansion
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
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The Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration, (electronic resource:)
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Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000139269
Dimensions
08.875 x 05.688 in.
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unknown
Extent
416 p.
Governing access note
Available for distribution in: USA, UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA
Isbn
9780674009929
Other control number
9780674009929
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000139269
Label
The Dignity of Working Men : Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration, (electronic resource:)
Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000139269
Dimensions
08.875 x 05.688 in.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
416 p.
Governing access note
Available for distribution in: USA, UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA
Isbn
9780674009929
Other control number
9780674009929
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000139269

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