aporophobia

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Etymology[edit]

Spanish aporofobia, from Ancient Greek άπορος (áporos, indigent, poor) + -phobia.

Noun[edit]

aporophobia (uncountable)

  1. (rare) A strong antipathy, aversion or hatred toward poverty or poor people.
    • 2002 October 14, molecule, “I'm dissapointed [sic]”, in rec.sport.soccer, Usenet:
      It's easy calling somebody a racist (and I'm not talking about skinheads or assholes shouting racist things at matches), but the problem I think it's more aporophobia (sp?) than xenophobia.
    • 2008, “Prejudice, discrimination and intergroup conflict”, in Actualidades en psicología, volume 22, number 109:
      In Latin America, the most dramatic results of discrimination have an element of aporophobia, that is, revulsion and hatred for the poor.
    • 2011, Xavier Mínguez López, “Local literature in a global world? Globalisation, exclusion and multiculturalism in Catalan literature for children and young people”, in Sino-US English Teaching, volume 8, number 5:
      We would like to introduce a term coined by Adela Cortina which arose recently and that is affiliated to that of exclusion: It is aporophobia (Cortina, 1997). Feeling of refusal is towards poor people, towards those who do not have a way out of their situation. It breeds on the prejudice that poor people are to blame for their own misery. This feeling subdues many behaviours that are essentially racist, xenophobic and it makes difficult not only integration, but also some politics involving realistic aid to immigrants (Martínez, 2002, pp. 17-23). As pointed out by Cortina (1997), “we don’t marginalize the immigrant because he is rich, nor the black if he is a basketball player, nor the retired with patrimony, we marginalize poor people” (p. 70).
    • 2017, V Ávila Vázquez & E Garrido Gaitán, La aporofobia como delito de odio y discriminación:
      Introducing aporophobia in the catalog of hate crimes is a debate that is still open.

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