Creating Social Justice Through Increased Compassion and Understanding
By Michèle Lamont ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 12, 2023
Harvard sociologist Lamont has studied inequality and marginalization for a long time, and her work shows how these issues have contributed to the rise of the far right and white nationalism. She argues that attitudes towards marginalized communities are not fixed, citing the example of how public opinion on homosexuality has changed drastically in the last few decades. Lamont believes that it is important for those in more privileged positions to stop denigrating those who are struggling, and to cultivate relationships across class and racial boundaries. She believes that this could help reduce the negative reactions to those who are seen as the “losers of the system”. Lamont’s book is a left-leaning program, and it is unclear whether it is practical in the current political climate. It is similar to Anand Giridharadas’ The Persuaders, though not as insightful.
Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023
Page Count: 272
Publisher: One Signal/Atria
Review Posted Online: yesterday
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023