Nebraska Symposium on Motivation

Objectification and (De)Humanization

60th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation

Editors: Gervais, Sarah J. (Ed.)

  • ​​Details implications for areas in everyday functioning, such as interactions with people, animals, and objects, violence, and discrimination
  • Systematically investigates the motivations that underlie both extremes of behavior
  • Covers relevant research acquired from cognitive and social psychological perspectives
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​​People often see nonhuman agents as human-like. Through the processes of anthropomorphism and humanization, people attribute human characteristics, including personalities, free will, and agency to pets, cars, gods, nature, and the like. Similarly, there are some people who often see human agents as less than human, or more object-like. In this manner, objectification describes the treatment of a human being as a thing, disregarding the person's personality and/or sentience. For example, women, medical patients, racial minorities, and people with disabilities, are often seen as animal-like or less than human through dehumanization and objectification. These two opposing forces may be a considered a continuum with anthropomorphism and humanization on one end and dehumanization and objectification on the other end. Although researchers have identified some of the antecedents and consequences of these processes, a systematic investigation of the motivations that underlie this continuum is lacking. Considerations of this continuum may have considerable implications for such areas as everyday human functioning, interactions with people, animals, and objects, violence, discrimination, relationship development, mental health, or psychopathology. The edited volume will integrate multiple theoretical and empirical approaches on this issue.​

About the authors

Dr. Gervais has a dual Ph.D. in Psychology and Women's Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Gervais' research examines power and subtle prejudice. Examining behaviors like the objectifying gaze, patronization, and interpersonal confrontation, Dr. Gervais has found that the discriminatory acts of powerful people are often more subtle and nuanced than previously thought, but they still have negative consequences for recipients. Dr. Gervais also examines the relationship between subtle prejudice, public policy, and law.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Toward a Unified Theory of Objectification and Dehumanization

    Gervais, Sarah J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • The Psychology of Humanness

    Haslam, Nick (et al.)

    Pages 25-51

  • Varieties of (De) Humanization: Divided by Competition and Status

    Fiske, Susan T.

    Pages 53-71

  • Immortal Objects: The Objectification of Women as Terror Management

    Goldenberg, Jamie L.

    Pages 73-95

  • On Objects and Actions: Situating Self-Objectification in a System Justification Context

    Calogero, Rachel M.

    Pages 97-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Objectification and (De)Humanization
Book Subtitle
60th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation
Editors
  • Sarah J. Gervais
Series Title
Nebraska Symposium on Motivation
Series Volume
60
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6959-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6959-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6958-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9887-3
Series ISSN
0146-7875
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 188
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