Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality

  title={Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality},
  author={Mich{\`e}le Lamont},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={419 - 444}
  • M. Lamont
  • Published 21 May 2018
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
This Presidential Address offers elements for a systematic and cumulative study of destigmatization, or the process by which low-status groups gain recognition and worth. Contemporary sociologists tend to focus on inequality in the distribution of resources, such as occupations, education, and wealth. Complementing this research, this address draws attention to “recognition gaps,” defined as disparities in worth and cultural membership between groups in a society. I first describe how… 
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