Equality and Human Rights Commission Reports on Caste
Chapter 3 examines in detail two reports on caste produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) through its research team as part of the post-Equality Act offcial investigation. The reports provide insights into stakeholder and academic positions, and how caste may be deployed within the legal context of the Equality Act. This chapter critically assesses both reports, examining the presuppositions behind their drafting, the consistency and coherence of their account of caste and the applicability within legal structures of these ideas. It shows how the ‘independent’ investigation commissioned by the EHRC relied on the same Orientalist ideas of the caste system that went into framing the wider discourse, and questions how reliable and useful such research can be for implementing law.
KeywordsRacial Discrimination Hate Crime Caste System Indian Culture Report Writer
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