The Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability on Trial / Edition 1

The Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability on Trial / Edition 1

by Michael L. Perlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557986169

ISBN-13: 9781557986160

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: American Psychological Association

In The Hidden Prejudice, Michael L. Perlin reveals a pattern of prejud ice against mentally disabled individuals that keeps them from receivi ng equal treatment under the law. Sanism, like racism, is a prejudice against a minority population. This mostly hidden prejudice against mentally ill people has pervaded Western culture throughout history an d continues to

Overview

In The Hidden Prejudice, Michael L. Perlin reveals a pattern of prejud ice against mentally disabled individuals that keeps them from receivi ng equal treatment under the law. Sanism, like racism, is a prejudice against a minority population. This mostly hidden prejudice against mentally ill people has pervaded Western culture throughout history an d continues to affect our culture and legal system. Under the pretext of "improving" society, a judge, lawyer, or fact-finder may rationali ze turning a blind eye to faulty evidence and render a sanist decision . The pretext for this testimonial dishonesty is that the end result justifies the means. In cases involving the mentally disabled, these end results are founded on the prejudicial belief that the mentally di sabled are not responsible or intelligent enough to deserve the full r ights of citizenship. Perlin argues that these are sanist decisions, and explores the roots and results of these decisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557986160
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Law and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 10.28(h) x 1.14(d)

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