Seminario "What does “Dehumanization” mean? Consequences of Animalistic and Mechanistic Dehumanization”

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Lunedì, 12 Febbraio, 2018

Il Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione organizza il seminario “What does “Dehumanization” mean? Consequences of Animalistic and Mechanistic Dehumanization”.

This Dehumanization is defined as people’s tendency to perceive the outgroup as being less human than the ingroup. Thus, it might be thought that groups that are denied humanness will be discriminated against to a greater degree than groups considered to be fully human (Vala, Pereira and Leyens, 2009). Indeed, as Leyens et al. (2007) pointed out, this process has subtle and important consequences in our daily lives that can affect intergroup relations. Furthermore, according  to Haslam (2006), dehumanization can be manifested in two forms: animalistic and mechanistic. In his model, the author posited how individuals can be likened to animals, and hence, they will be perceived as unintelligent, immoral, coarse or uncivilized. Likewise, people can also be seen as robots or machines, in which case, they will be perceived as cold, rigid, mechanical, or lacking emotions or agency. The present talk is aimed to analyze and to compare these two forms of dehumanization. In this analysis, it would be important to clarify how dehumanization affect intergroup relations. Thus, different studies about animalistic and mechanistic dehumanization will be presented and discussed.

Prof.ssa Rocio Martinez, Facoltà di Psicologia, Università di Granada (E)

Mercoledì 14 febbraio 2018, ore 14.30 

Aula E. Ponzo
piano 3, stanza 329
Via dei Marsi 78, Roma

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