ISBN : 9780199487837
All known societies exclude and stigmatize one or more minority groups. Frequently, these exclusions are underwritten with a rhetoric of disgust. People of certain groups, it is alleged, are filthy, hyper-animal, or not fit to share such facilities as drinking water, food, and public swimming pools with the 'clean' and 'fully human' majority. But exclusions vary in their scope and also in the specific disgust-ideologies underlying them. In this volume, interdisciplinary scholars from India and the United States present a detailed comparative study of the varieties of prejudice and stigma that pervade contemporary social and political life. These include prejudice along the axes of caste, race, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, and economic class. In examining these forms of stigma and their intersections, the authors present theoretically pluralistic and empirically sensitive accounts that both explain group-based stigma and suggest ways forward. These forward-looking remedies, including group resistance to subordination as well as institutional and legal change, point the way towards a public culture that is informed by our diverse histories of discrimination and therefore equipped to eliminate stigma in all of its multifaceted forms.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Dalit Body: A Reading for the Anthropocene Dipesh Chakrabarty 2. Stigma or Red Tape? Roadblocks in the Use of Affirmative Action Ashwini Deshpande 3. Of Big Black Bucks and Golden-Haired Little Girls: How Fear of Miscegenation Informed Brown v. Board of Education and Its Resistance Justin Driver 4. Four Types of Racism Emilio Comay del Junco 5. A Social Location Theory of Gender: How Gender Borders Create the Category 'Woman' Emily Dupree 6. Gender and Anti-Discrimination Laws in India: Modesty, Honour and Defiled Bodies Vidhu Verma 7. Regulating Retirement and Wrinkles in an Age of Prejudice Saul Levmore 8. Aging, Stigma, and Disgust Martha C. Nussbaum 9. Disgust or Equality? Sexual Orientation and Indian Law Martha C. Nussbaum 10. The Rule of Disgust? Contemporary Transgender Rights Discourse in India Jeffrey A. Redding 11. Combatting Exclusions Through Law: Rights of Transgender People in India H.R.
Vasujith Ram 12. Disability, Exclusions and Resistance: An Indian Context Anita Ghai 13. Processes of Shaming: The Limits of Disability Policy in India Nandini Ghosh 14. What is the Case Against Muslims? Aziz Z. Huq 15. Muslims and the Politics of Discrimination in India Zoya Hasan 16. Class and Classification: The Role of Disgust in Regulating Social Status Laura Weinrib 17. The Point of Discrimination Law: Securing the Freedom to Flourish Tarunabh Khaitan 18. Economic Theories of Discrimination: The Positive and the Normative Richard H. McAdams Author the editors and contributors Index