Studies on Compassion, No.1, 2018
Reprint Series

Explicit Prejudice:
Evidence from a New Survey

Xavier Centre for Humanities and Compassionate Studies (XCHCS)
Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB)
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Explicit Prejudice:
Evidence from a New Survey

Diane Coffey
Payal Hathi
Nidhi Khurana
Amit Thorat

Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e.)

About the Research

This research reports on a new survey of social attitudes and behaviors. We use representative phone survey methods to study explicit prejudice against women and Dalits in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. We document widespread prejudice in several domains and discuss the consequences, for women, for Dalits, and for society as a whole. Our results suggest the need for a far more robust public discourse and a more active approach to measuring and challenging prejudice and discrimination. We hope that other researchers will adopt low-cost phone survey methods to track social attitudes and behaviors towards these and other oppressed groups and to track changes over time.

Permission to Reprint

This research report is being published by Xavier University Press with the express permission of Rice Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e./ April 2018.

About the Authors

Diane Coffey teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, USA and is ffiliated to the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e.)

Payal Hathi and Nidhi Khurana are affiliated with the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e.)

Amit Thorat teaches at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.


This research report was first published in The Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)
Vol. 53, Issue No. 1, 06 January 2018

Reprint Publication Date: June 2018


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