Dehumanization in Institutional Settings
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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A theoretical paper describes the functions and techniques used in the process of dehumanization. The concept is defined and examined as it operates at an intra-individual and also at an institutional level. Professor Maslach then reports on her research which focuses upon dehumanization processes in the social welfare and health professions. Through an exploratory research program utilizing direct observations, she analyzes the protective and the destructive aspects of this kind of detached concern. Professor Zimbardo addresses himself to the nature of dehumanization as it occurs within the prototypic institutional setting of prison. He constructs four scenarios to reveal the ways in which dehumanization affects guards and prisoners. Modified author abstract Portions of this document are not fully legible.