Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Qualidem (PI: Virginie Van Ingelgom, Principal Collaborator: Claire Dupuy) at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) in Belgium. Luis’ research areas include economic sociology, political sociology, the sociology of culture, qualitative methods, and sociological theory. His work has appeared in The Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Sociology Compass, Sociological Perspectives, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, and The Bulletin of Sociological Methodology. His new book is titled Social Justification and Political Legitimacy: How Voters Rationalize Direct Democratic Economic Policy in America.
Luis' individual research focuses on socialization, political legitimacy, and the connection between the two. In particular, Luis studies political, economic, and cultural socialization—with an emphasis on American political values and neoliberal ideology. First, to understand socialization, he contributes to work on the “sociological dual-process model” from the sociology of culture by using findings from neuroscience. Second, drawing upon the Weberian conceptualization of legitimate power as power that is accepted on a normative basis, Luis investigates the norms and values upon which political legitimacy is based by studying voters’ political legitimations and the factors that affect these legitimations. Specifically, he studies American political values, neoliberal ideology, and norms of self-interest. Third, Luis uses the sociological dual-process model to theorize how the norms and values that voters use in their political legitimations are learned through political, economic, and cultural socialization. Finally, Luis has expertise in both primary and secondary qualitative analysis.
Finally, Luis' collaborative research agenda with Qualidem has two primary components. With Qualidem, Luis investigates the neoliberal ideological principles upon which Europeans base their political legitimations. He and Qualidem are also developing methodological tools for secondary qualitative analysis.
Luis' new book Social Justification and Political Legitimacy: How Voters Rationalize Direct Democratic Economic Policy in Americais now available in print and digitally by Palgrave: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030517151 and SpringerLink: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-51716-8
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. A theory of “popular political legitimation”: A dual‐process model approach to legitimation and political socialization. In: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. doi:10.1111/jtsb.12255.
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio ; Dupuy, Claire ; Van Ingelgom, Virginie ; Caprioli, Mauro Ugo ; Teuber, Rainer Ferdinand ; Pennetreau, Damien ; Bussi, Margherita ; Le Gall, Cal. Abductive Coding: Theory Building and Qualitative (Re)Analysis. In: Sociological Methods & Research (Soumis).
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio ; Caprioli, Mauro Ugo ; Van Ingelgom, Virginie. Euroscepticism as Everyday Politics in Britain: A Qualitative Secondary Analysis (1995-2016) (Soumis).
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio ; Caprioli, Mauro Ugo ; Van Ingelgom, Virginie. Moral economies of Euroscepticism: A qualitative diachronic study (Soumis).
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. The Popular Basis of the State’s Monopoly on Legitimate Violence: How American Voters Use Political Values to (De)Legitimate Gun Rights. In: Sociological Inquiry, (2020) (Accepté/Sous presse).
Van Ingelgom, Virginie ; Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. “Eschewing the tedious terrain of looking for European identity” without avoiding the political. In: PArtecipazione e COnflitto, Vol. 13, no.1, p. 874-882 (2020).
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. "Turning Talk into 'Rationales': Using the Extended Case Method for the Coding and Analysis of Semi-Structured Interview Data in Atlas-ti.". In: Bulletin of Sociological Methodology/Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, Vol. 143, no. 1, p. 28-52.
Employment insecurity and sleep disturbance: Evidence from 31 European countries, collab. Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. In: Journal of Sleep Research (Print), . doi:10.1111/jsr.12763.
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio ; Caprioli, Mauro Ugo ; Van Ingelgom, Virginie. Euroscepticism as Asymmetrical Nationalist Neoliberal Legitimation: A Case Study of British Citizens’ Beliefs in EU Legitimacy. In: Under Review, (2019) (Soumis).
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. The Moral Economy of Neoliberalism: How Voters Use Neoliberal Ideology to (De)Legitimate Undocumented Worker Access to Labor Markets. In: Sociological Inquiry, Vol. 89, no. 2, p. 239–262 (2019/05). doi:10.1111/soin.12260.
Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. The “Medicinal Cannabis Question”: How Actors Legitimate Vote Choice on Medical Marijuana Policy. In: The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 59, no.2, p. 1-24. doi:10.1080/00380253.2017.1367266.