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Darker Demons of our Nature: The Need to (Re-)Focus Attention on Blatant Forms of Dehumanization, Current Directions in Psychological Science

Abstract

Although dehumanization research first emerged following the overt and conscious denials of humanity present in context marked by war and genocide, modern dehumanization research largely examines more subtle and implicit forms of dehumanization in more everyday settings. We argue for the need to re-orient the research agenda towards understanding when and why individuals openly see others as less than human. We review recent research in a range of contexts suggesting that blatant dehumanization is surprisingly prevalent and potent, uniquely predicting aggressive intergroup attitudes and behavior beyond subtle forms of dehumanization and outgroup dislike, and promoting vicious cycles of conflict.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Nour Kteily, Emile Bruneau

Date Published

2017

Citations

Kteily, Nour, and Emile Bruneau. 2017. Darker Demons of our Nature: The Need to (Re-)Focus Attention on Blatant Forms of Dehumanization. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

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