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The Empire of Disgust: Prejudice, Discrimination, and Policy in India and the US

Zoya Hasan, Aziz Z. Huq, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Vidhu Verma


All known societies exclude and stigmatize one or more minority groups. Frequently these exclusions are underwritten with a rhetoric of disgust: people of a certain group, 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 the United States and India present a detailed comparative study of the varieties of prejudice and stigma that ... More

Keywords: disgust, stigma, discrimination, India, united states, caste, class, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, Muslim, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199487837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199487837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoya Hasan, editor
National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

Aziz Z. Huq, editor
Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School