Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Chair and Committee
Alan J. Lambert
Although dehumanization has been studied in a variety of conceptual and methodological paradigms, surprisingly little is known about the role of affect as a mediator of the dehumanization process. In this paper we propose and test a contempt-dehumanization model, which stipulates that, the effect of severe norm violations on dehumanization is indirect, as mediated by contempt: norm violation ! contempt ! dehumanization). Across three studies we provide consistent support for this model in the realm of extremely immoral acts committed by drug dealers who intentionally target young children: Experiments 1 and 3) as well as unscrupulous Wall Street businessmen who deliberately scam unsuspecting elderly investors: Experiment 2). We discuss the implications of our model for previous models of dehumanization.
Eadeh, Fade Rimon, "Towards a Greater Understanding of the Antecedents of Dehumanization: A Contempt-Dehumanization Framework" (2013). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). 1115.