Publications

2019
Lamont, Michèle. 2019. “Social Solidarity”. Pp. 241-248 in Antidemocracy in America: Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk, edited by Eric Klinenberg, Caitlin Zaloom, and Sharon Marcus. New York: Columbia University Press. Publisher's Version
Lamont, Michèle. 2019. “From ‘Having’ to ‘Being’: Self-Worth and the Current Crisis of American Society’”. The British Journal of Sociology 70 (3):660-707. Publisher's Version
Lamont, Michèle. 2019. “For a 'Sociology as a Team Sport'”. The British Journal of Sociology 70 (3):769-779. Publisher's Version
Lamont, Michèle. 2019. “How to Publish, but Most Importantly, Why”. Sociologica 13 (1):33-35. Publisher's Version PDF
Lamont, Michèle, and Paul Pierson. 2019. “Inequality Generation and Persistence as Multidimensional Processes: An Interdisciplinary Agenda.”. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 148 (3):5-18. Publisher's Version PDF
Bloemraad, Irene, Michèle Lamont, Will Kymlicka, and Leanne Son Hing. 2019. “Membership without Social Citizenship? Deservingness and Redistribution as Grounds for Equality”. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Science 148 (3):73-104. Publisher's Version PDF
Lamont, Michèle, and Paul Pierson, ed. 2019. “Inequality as a Multidimensional Process”. Special Issue of Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Science 148 (3). Publisher's Version
2018
Lamont, Michèle, and Amy Tsang, ed. 2018. “Cultural Sociology and China”. Special Issue of The Journal of Chinese Sociology 4(15), 4(17), 4(18), 4(19), 5(7), and 5(15). Publisher's Version
Lamont, Michèle, and Amy Tsang. 2018. “How Can Cultural Sociology Help Us Understand Contemporary Chinese Society?”. The Journal of Chinese Sociology 5 (15):1-8. Publisher's Version PDF
Bilgrami, Akeel, et al. 2018. “Belonging”. Pp. 779-812 in Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. PDF
Lamont, Michèle. 2018. “Sociology’s Response to the Trump Presidency: Views from the 108th ASA President”. Sociological Forum 33 (4):1068-71. Publisher's Version PDF
Lamont, Michele. 2018. “Foreword: A Much Needed Project”. Pp. vii-ix in Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education, edited by Jal Mehta and Scott Davies. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Publisher's VersionAbstract
In recent decades, sociology of education has been dominated by quantitative analyses of race, class, and gender gaps in educational achievement. And while there’s no question that such work is important, it leaves a lot of other fruitful areas of inquiry unstudied. This book takes that problem seriously, considering the way the field has developed since the 1960s and arguing powerfully for its renewal.
The sociology of education, the contributors show, largely works with themes, concepts, and theories that were generated decades ago, even as both the actual world of education and the discipline of sociology have changed considerably. The moment has come, they argue, to break free of the past and begin asking new questions and developing new programs of empirical study. Both rallying cry and road map, Education in a New Society will galvanize the field.
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Lamont, Michèle. 2018. “Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality”. American Sociological Review 83 (3).Abstract
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
occupation, 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. Drawing on research I have conducted, I first describe how neoliberalism promotes
growing recognition gaps. Then, drawing on research on stigmatized groups across several societies, I analyze how experiences of stigma and destigmatization are enabled and constrained by various contextual factors and actors, including institutions, cultural repertoires, knowledge
workers, and social movements activists. I conclude by proposing a research agenda for the sociology of recognition and destigmatization, and by sketching how social scientists, policy makers, organizations, and citizens can contribute in the reduction of recognition gaps.
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2017
Lamont, Michèle. 2017. “Prisms of Inequality: Moral Boundaries, Exclusion, and Academic Evaluation”. in Praemium Erasmianum Essay 2017. Amsterdam: Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. PDF
Lamont, Michèle, Laura Adler, Bo Yun Park, and Xin Xiang. 2017. “Bridging Cultural Sociology and Cognitive Psychology in Three Contemporary Research Programs”. Nature Human Behaviour 1: 866-872. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Three prominent research programmes in cognitive psychology would benefit from a stronger engagement with the cultural context of  cognition: studies of poverty focused on scarcity and cognitive bandwidth, studies of dual-process morality and studies of biases using the implicit association test. We address some limitations of these programmes and suggest research strategies for moving beyond an exclusive focus on cognition. Research on poverty using the cognitive bandwidth approach would benefit from considering the cultural schemas that influence how people perceive and prioritize needs. Dual-process morality researchers could explain variation by analysing cultural repertoires that structure moral choices. Research using the implicit association test can better explain implicit attitudes by addressing the variability in cultural schemas that undergird biases. We identify how these research programmes can deepen the causal understanding of human attitudes and behaviours by addressing the interaction between internal cognition and supra-individual cultural repertoires.
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Dodd, Nigel, Michèle Lamont, and Mike Savage. 2017. “Introduction to BJS Special Issue”. The British Journal of Sociology 68 (S1):S3-S10. Publisher's Version PDF
Lamont, Michèle, Bo Yun Park, and Elena Ayala-Hurtado. 2017. “Trump's Electoral Speeches and His Appeal to the American White Working Class”. British Journal of Sociology 68 (S1):S153-S180. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This paper contributes to the study of social change by considering boundary work as a dimension of cultural change. Drawing on the computer-assisted qualitative analysis of 73 formal speeches made by Donald Trump during the 2016 electoral campaign, we argue that his political rhetoric, which led to his presidential victory, addressed the white working classes’ concern with their declining position in the national pecking order. He addressed their concern by raising the moral status of this group, that is, by 1) emphatically describing them as hard working Americans who are victims of globalization; 2) voicing their concerns about ‘people above’ (professionals, the rich, and politicians); 3) drawing strong moral boundaries toward undocumented immigrants, refugees and Muslims; 4) presenting African American and (legal) Hispanic Americans as workers who also deserve jobs; 5) stressing the role of working class men as protectors of women and LGBTQ people. This particular case study of cultural resonance provides a novel, distinctively sociological approach for capturing dynamics of social change.
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2016
Mutuality, Mobilization, and Messaging for Health Promotion: Toward Collective Cultural Change
Lamont, Michèle, and Mabel Berezin. 2016. “Mutuality, Mobilization, and Messaging for Health Promotion: Toward Collective Cultural Change”. Special Issue Section, Social Science and Medicine 165:1-296. Publisher's Version PDF
Lamont, Michèle. 2016. “Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination”. The Sociologist, 3-5. PDF
Lamont, Michèle, Veronica Boix Mansilla, and Kyoko Sato. 2016. “'Optimally Ambiguous Exchanges' and Other Conditions for Productive Interdisciplinary Collaboration”. The Social Science Research Council (May 3, 2016). Publisher's Version

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