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Redressing Everyday Discrimination

The Weakness and Potential of Anti-Discrimination Law, 1st Edition

By Karla Perez Portilla


294 pages

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This book examines the harm that everyday discrimination can cause and proposes ways in which it can be redressed. Extreme forms of harmful expression, such as incitement to hatred, have been significantly addressed in law. Everyday generalised prejudice, negative stereotypes and gross under-representation of disadvantaged groups in mainstream media are, however, widely perceived as ‘normal’, and their criticism is regularly trivialised. In response, this book draws on critical and feminist theory in order to forge a theoretical analysis of the harm created through everyday discrimination. Arguing that anti-discrimination law can and should be extended as a tool to offer protection against the harm inflicted, the book goes on to consider both its limits, and possibilities, for redressing this discriminatory practice.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Locating Everyday Discrimination in a Theory of Justice 3. Cultural Aspects of Discrimination 4. Demeaning Stereotypical Representation in the Media. A Pervasive Case of Everyday Discrimination 5. International and Regional Underpinnings for the Redress of Everyday Discrimination 6. Everyday Discrimination and Hate Speech 7. The Regulation of Everyday Discrimination in the Media 8. Everyday Discrimination as a Legal Wrong 9. Weaknesses and Potential of Anti-discrimination Law in Redressing Everyday Discrimination 10. Conclusions

About the Author

Karla Pérez Portilla has researched, taught and published in comparative and constitutional law, human rights and equality and discrimination themes in Mexico, England and Scotland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Discrimination