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FYI. CfP Special issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations on dehumanisation


Call for papers for Special Issue of the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Less than human: What people who are dehumanized, think, feel and do

Guest Editors:

Cristina Baldissarri (University of Milano-Bicocca, cristina.baldissarri@unimib.it)

Stéphanie Demoulin (Université catholique de Louvain, Stephanie.Demoulin@uclouvain.be)

Nour Kteily (Northwestern University, n-kteily@kellogg.northwestern.edu)

Submission deadline: May 1, 2021

Projected publication date: April 2022

Dehumanization (viewing and treating people as less than human), which is a remarkably pervasive occurrence within and between groups, has been the focus of substantial social psychological research over recent years. This research has mainly focused on the perpetrators – why people dehumanize others and how this affects them as perpetrators. Much less is known about the targets of dehumanization – how they feel and what they think and do.

The aim of this Special issue is to fill this gap and to advance our understanding of the various forms that dehumanization processes take when considered from the perspective of targets: meta-dehumanization that refers to the perception of being dehumanized by others; self-dehumanization that arises when people dehumanize their self and view themselves as possessing less human attributes than others; ingroup dehumanization that is related to the perception of one’s ingroup as less human than other groups.

The Special Issue will accept manuscripts that explore the targets’ perspective of experienced dehumanization in intergroup as well as in interpersonal relations. Topics may include (but are not limited to) analyses of meta-, self- and ingroup dehumanization antecedents (e.g., social and non-social agents, contextual determinants) and consequences (e.g., performance, well- being, interpersonal/intergroup interactions) as well as links with related concepts, such as self-objectification, that fall under the umbrella of meta-, self- , or ingroup dehumanization (although links with core concepts should be made clear in the manuscripts).

We welcome submissions reporting quantitative research. Qualitative research will be considered only when it is supported by substantial quantitative findings.

Manuscripts (typically 5000-8000 words) words should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines (i.e., Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed.) and submitted through the GPIR website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gpir. Be sure to indicate that the submission is for consideration in the special issue on Less than human: What people who are dehumanized think, feel and do. If the number of articles accepted exceeds the capacity of the special issue GPIR reserve the right to publish articles in the normal issue of the journal.

Please direct any inquires (e.g., about suitability, format, etc.) to the guest editors.