Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others

David Livingstone Smith


Winner of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf booklet Award for Nonfiction

A revelatory examine why we dehumanize one another, with lovely examples from global background in addition to modern headlines


"Brute." "Cockroach." "Lice." "Vermin." humans usually regard participants in their personal sort as lower than human, and use phrases like those for these whom they need to hurt, enslave, or exterminate. Dehumanization has made atrocities just like the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda, and the slave alternate attainable. however it is not only a relic of the prior. We nonetheless locate it in warfare, genocide, xenophobia, and racism. Smith exhibits that it's a risky mistake to consider dehumanization because the particular guard of Nazis, communists, terrorists, Jews, Palestinians, or the other monster of the instant. we're all capability dehumanizers, simply as we're all capability items of dehumanization. the matter of dehumanization is everyone's challenge.

Less Than Human is the 1st e-book to light up accurately how and why we occasionally consider others as subhuman creatures. It attracts on a wealthy mixture of historical past, evolutionary psychology, biology, anthropology, and philosophy to rfile the pervasiveness of dehumanization, describe its varieties, and clarify why we so usually inn to it. Less Than Human is a strong and hugely unique examine of the roots of human violence and bigotry, and it as well timed because it is relevant.

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