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SARI Paper Presentation on October 10 at IIT, Delhi

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r.i.c.e. is delighted to share that our execuitive Director, Diane Coffey, will be presenting a paper 'Measuring Explicit Prejudice: Findings from Social Attitudes Research, India' on 10th October at the seminar talks in IIT, Delhi .  The paper has been co-authored by Payal Hathi, Nidhi Khurana and Amit Thorat.  It uses the data from SARI survey, a phone survey being conduced by r.i.c.e in India.

Please join us for a discussion at the given venue.

Venue, Date and Timings:

The talk will be held at 3.30 PM on TUESDAY, 10 OCTOBER, in the HSS Committee Room, MS 610.

Abstract of the paper:

Measuring explicit prejudice, meaning measuring clearly stated discriminatory attitudes and behaviors, is an important tool for understanding discrimination in a society.  This working paper presents results about explicit prejudice against women and Dalits in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan using newly collected mobile phone survey data.

For some of the indicators of explicit prejudice that we study, we compare data from India with data collected in the United States.  These comparisons are useful both because of the parallels between casteism in India and racism in the United States and because declining explicit prejudice in the United States provides an opportunity to contextualize research on social attitudes and explicit prejudice more broadly.

For other indicators, we compare the mobile phone survey data with data from the India Human Development Survey, 2011.  This comparison allows us to validate the quality of the mobile phone survey data and to note that there has been little change over the past 5 years in the indicators that both surveys measure.

We document high levels of explicit prejudice against both women and Dalits and we reflect on the ways that these new data can enhance our understanding of social progress in India.


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