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Explicit prejudice: Evidence from a new survey

This article 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.

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