Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 July 2014

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199355419

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The Objectification Spectrum

Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others

John M. Rector

  • The author presents a new model of objectification--not as a discrete variable, but as a complex spectrum of related psychology and behavior
  • proposes a basic psychological mechanism--the boundaried self--by which objectification is either enhanced or diminished.
  • The author reviews insights from the world's five oldest religious traditions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--specifying how each faith understands and attempts to solve the problem of objectification. Commonalities among all five traditions are explored.
  • As the mirror-opposite of the objectification spectrum, the author presents the enlightenment spectrum. He delineates three primary points of demarcation on this spectrum--casual concern, interconnectedness, and unity consciousness--and offers specific examples of each.

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