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The psychology of speciesism

Dhont, Kristof and Hodson, Gordon and Leite, Ana C. and Salmen, Alina (2020) The psychology of speciesism. In: Why We Love and Exploit Animals: Bridging Insights from Academia and Advocacy. Bridging Insights from Academia and Advocacy, . Routledge, pp. 29-49. ISBN 978-0-8153-9664-2. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:79351)

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Despite being animals, humans distance themselves physically and mentally from (most) other animals and prioritize human interests. We exploit other animals to feed, clothe, and entertain ourselves, to name just a few animal exploitation practices. Such discrimination against other species, or speciesism, is the central focus of the present chapter. Drawing on recent scientific findings, we reveal the psychological connections between speciesism and prejudices such as racism and sexism. Those who support animal exploitation also tend to endorse sexist and racist views and rely on the belief in group dominance and human supremacy to justify systems of inequality and oppression. The common denominator is that the interests of disadvantaged groups like animals, women, and ethnic minorities, are considered subordinate to the interests and privileges of advantaged groups like humans in general, and white men in particular. Although recognizing this intersectionality is critical to the understanding of human-animal relations, explicitly referring to such parallels in animal advocacy campaigns can be easily misunderstood, and may be ineffective or even counterproductive. We see value in experience- and behavior-based interventions where people learn to connect psychologically with animals to change their animal-relevant beliefs, and more generally, to broaden the mind and challenge exploitative societal traditions.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 16:47 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
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