Animals as social groups: An intergroup relations analysis of human-animal conflicts

Verónica Sevillano, Susan T. Fiske

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Just as people seem to come in types (middle-class, rich, old, homeless), so do animals (pets, predators, prey, pests). The societal images of animal species reflect socially shared beliefs about different animals - social stereotypes. Similar to the case of human social groups, animal stereotypes could predict human emotions and behaviors toward different animals. Accordingly, in parallel to human-human intergroup responses, this chapter develops a new human-animal intergroup framework linking humans' beliefs (stereotypes), emotions (prejudice), and behaviors (discrimination) toward animal species, drawing on the Stereotype Content Model and Behaviors from Intergroup Affect and Stereotypes Map. Expanding the human-animal intergroup framework, the types of human intergroup conflicts and human-animal conflicts are compared. An intergroup relations approach can contribute to the study of human-animal relations by taking into account different kinds of animal species' stereotypes, as well as similarities between human-human and human-animal conflicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWhy We Love and Exploit Animals
Subtitle of host publicationBridging Insights from Academia and Advocacy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781351181433
ISBN (Print)9780815396642
StatePublished - Dec 12 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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