Detecting Discrimination against the Poor, «Aporophobia»

Miscelánea Comillas. 2020;77(151):417-430


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Journal Title: Miscelánea Comillas

ISSN: 0210-9522 (Print); 2341-085X (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Society/Institution: Universidad Pontificia Comillas

LCC Subject Category: General Works: History of scholarship and learning. The humanities | Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Religions. Mythology. Rationalism: Philosophy of religion. Psychology of religion. Religion in relation to other subjects | Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English, French

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Eva María Picado Valverde (Universidad de Salamanca)

Ana Belén Nieto Librero (Universidad de Salamanca)

Raquel Guzmán Ordaz (Universidad de Salamanca)

Amaia Yurrebaso Macho (Universidad de Salamanca)

Álvaro Jáñez González (Universidad de Salamanca)


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Abstract | Full Text

The concept of «aporophobia» helps us to recognise, identify and conceptualise the discrimination of those who are ignored in our society (Cortina, 2000). Rejection of the poor arises from a construct of stereotypes and prejudice towards socially excluded people. While the concept of aporophobia is increasingly used and its significance is recognised by professional organisations and civil society, it is necessary to determine the real knowledge the professionals have about the rejection of the poor. This study intends to discover how social service workers perceive the victimisations suffered by socially excluded people. Following the discovery that the workers identify different forms of discrimination suffered by their users, it is concluded that no procedures exist that detect discrimination and aggressions related to aporophobia.