Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel

Join author Michèle Lamont in discussing her most recent book, Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (coauthored with Graziella Moraes Silva, Jessica S. Welburn, Joshua Guetzkow, Nissim Mizrachi, Hanna Herzog, and Elisa Reis). The book illuminates the different kinds of stigmatizing or discriminatory incidents individuals encounter in each country, how they respond to these occurrences, and what they view as the best strategy—whether individually, collectively, through confrontation, or through self-improvement—for dealing with such events. In the process, the authors develop a strikingly original and powerful framework for understanding race relations in the United States and beyond.

Getting Respect draws on more than four hundred in-depth interviews with middle- and working-class men and women residing in and around multiethnic cities—New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv—to compare the discriminatory experiences of African Americans, black Brazilians, and Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as Israeli Ethiopian and Mizrahi (Sephardic) Jews.


  • Michèle Lamont is professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She currently serves as president of the American Sociological Association. Her influential books concern class and inequality in the United States and beyond, ethnoracial boundaries, and the challenges of social change and the conditions for collective well-being.
  • Chris Stone, president of the Open Society Foundations, will moderate the conversation.
Date: February 13, 2017
Time: 5:307:00 p.m.
Michèle Lamont and Chris Stone