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Categories We Live ByThe Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories$
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Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190256791.001.0001

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Conferralism about Other Social Categories

Conferralism about Other Social Categories

(p.93) Chapter 5 Conferralism about Other Social Categories
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The conferralist framework is applied to some of the other “usual suspects”, that is, to some of the other categories that are protected classes in various jurisdictions, such as race, religion, and disability. On the author’s view there are a host of institutional race categories, with different sort of base features in different contexts. Likewise there are a host of context-dependent communal race categories, with varying base features. There is also a number of institutional disability categories as well as context-dependent communal ones. Similarly, institutional and communal religion categories exist in various contexts, with varying base properties for the conferral of the social status in the context. A brief comparison is made with the views of Charles Mills on race and Elizabeth Barnes on disability.

Keywords:   conferralism, race, religion, disability, Elizabeth Barnes, Charles Mills

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