Stereotypes as Channels and the Social Model of Discrimination

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Marcia L. McCormick

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The “glass ceiling” is one of many metaphors we use to talk about systematic inequalities in particular workplaces, the labor force more generally, and the distribution of social goods along identity lines most broadly. This essay explores the persistence of systemic barriers to equality and why the current approach to antidiscrimination law may not successfully remove them. In doing so, the author urges us to reframe our views of identity to acknowledge that disadvantage is not located in the person discriminated against but in the structures that distribute social goods and people who control them.

Suggested Citation

McCormick, Marcia L., Stereotypes as Channels and the Social Model of Discrimination (2017). Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Vol. 36, 2017; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3285914

Marcia L. McCormick (Contact Author)

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