The Psychology of the Dinner Plate: Vegetarianism versus Carnism





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Published on May 31, 2011

A presentation by Kenneth Shapiro, Ph.D.

Who are the vegetarians? Do they espouse certain values, ideologies, politics? How do vegetarians and meat-eaters (carnists) differ on issues like violence, empathy, and connectedness to the world? Being a vegetarian is more than avoiding meat-based foods. It is a way of living in and looking at the world that can involve a change in consciousness, self-concept, and personal relations. In this talk, Dr. Shapiro will present findings from the emerging literature in the social sciences on the psychology of vegetarianism and, as well, of carnism.

Both an advocate and an academic, Kenneth Shapiro is the executive director of Society and Animals Forum, formerly Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies; and coeditor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. Shapiro earned his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy.

Filming and editing by Dr William Harris M.D. on August 4, 2004 at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org


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