Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

1-2017

Publication Source

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Volume

43

Issue

1

Start Page

87

Last Page

104

DOI

10.1177/0146167216675334

Abstract

Research suggests that members of advantaged groups who feel dehumanized by other groups respond aggressively. But little is known about how meta-dehumanization affects disadvantaged minority group members, historically the primary targets of dehumanization. We examine this important question in the context of the 2016 U.S. Republican Primaries, which have witnessed the widespread derogation and dehumanization of Mexican immigrants and Muslims. Two initial studies document that Americans blatantly dehumanize Mexican immigrants and Muslims; this dehumanization uniquely predicts support for aggressive policies proposed by Republican nominees, and dehumanization is highly associated with supporting Republican candidates (especially Donald Trump). Two further studies show that, in this climate, Latinos and Muslims in the United States feel heavily dehumanized, which predicts hostile responses including support for violent versus non-violent collective action and unwillingness to assist counterterrorism efforts. Our results extend theorizing on dehumanization, and suggest that it may have cyclical and self-fulfilling consequences.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Kteily, N. & Bruneau, E., Backlash: The Politics and Real-World Consequences of Minority Group Dehumanization, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 43, no. 1: pp. 87-104. Copyright © 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

This is a pre-publication version. The final version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167216675334

Keywords

dehumanization, meta-dehumanization, prejudice, intergroup relations, meta-perceptions, 2016 U.S. Election, Donald Trump

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Date Posted: 15 June 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.