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Rebekah P. Massengill

Princeton University

NSF Morality Workshop Materials


Biographical Statement
:


Rebekah Peeples Massengill

is a sociologist whose research centers on culture, religion, and public
discourse. She is particularly interested in the way that moral arguments and ways of reasoning shape
public debates about political and economic issues. Her current work explores ho
w activists invoke moral
language in the debate over Wal
-
Mart, focusing on activist groups’ public statements and media coverage.
She also studies contemporary American religion, with a special interest in social inequality and
conservative Protestantism.


Her work has been published, most recently, in
Poetics, The Journal for the
Scientific Study of Religion
, and
Research in the Sociology of Work
.

Massengill will receive her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton in June,
and

joined the faculty of
Princeton’
s W
riting Program this past spring
. In the Princeton Writing Program

she teaches a
writing
seminar
called

“Wal
-
Mart Nation
,


which considers the social and moral dynamics of
economic consumption in the United States.

Suggested References:

DiMaggio, P
aul
.
(1997). "Culture and Cognition."
Annual Review of Sociology

23
: 263
-
287.



Evans, John H. (2002).
Playing God? : human genetic engineering and the rationalization of
public bioethical debate
. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.



Lakoff, G
eorge
. (1996).
Moral politics : what conservatives know that liberals don't
. Chicago,
University of Chicago Press.



Luker, K
risten
. (1984).
Abortion and the politics of motherhood
. Berkeley, University of
California Press.



Wuthnow, R
obert
. (1987).
Meaning and moral or
der : explorations in cultural analysis
. Berkeley,
University of California Press.



Personal References:

Massengill
, Rebekah P
. (2008). "Prayers of the People: Moral Metaphors in the Right to Life and
Faith
-
Based Labor Movements."

Poetics

36(5
-
6): 338
-
357.

Massengill, Rebekah P.
Critical Capitalism
: Families, Citizens, and Morality in the Debate
o
ver Wal
-
Mart

(book manuscript in preparation)