The Psychology of Justice and Legitimacy / Edition 1

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In response to the international turmoil, violence, and increasing ideological polarization, social psychological interest in the topics of legitimacy and social justice has blossomed considerably. Social psychologists have explored the psychological underpinnings of people’s reactions to injustice and illegitimacy, including the behavioral and psychological consequences of the motivation to view individual outcomes and governmental systems as just and legitimate.

Although injustice and illegitimacy are clearly related at conceptual and theoretical levels, these two rich literatures are rarely integrated. Social justice researchers have focused on how people make sense of particular instances of injustice, whereas legitimacy researchers have tended to focus primarily on people’s reactions to unfair systems of intergroup relations.

This 11th volume of the Ontario Symposium series brings together the work of leading researchers in fields of social justice and legitimacy to facilitate the cross-pollination and integration of these fields. The contributions address broad theoretical issues and cutting-edge empirical advances, while illustrating the diversity and richness of research in the two fields. By uniting these two domains, this volume will stimulate new directions in theory and research that seek to explain how and why people make sense of injustice at all levels of analysis.

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Preface. L.J. Skitka, N.P. Aramovich, B.L. Lytle, E.G. Sargis, Knitting Together an Elephant: An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Psychology of Justice Reasoning. D.R. Bobocel, A. Zdaniuk, Injustice and Identity: How We Respond to Unjust Treatment Depends on How We Perceive Ourselves. M.J. Callan, J.H. Ellard, Beyond Blame and Derogation of Victims: Just World Dynamics in Everyday Life. C.L. Hafer, L. Gosse, Preserving the Belief in a Just World: When and for Whom are Different Strategies Preferred? D.T. Miller, D.A. Effron, S.V. Zak, From Moral Outrage to Social Protest: The Role of Psychological Standing. J.M. Olson, C.L. Hafer, I. Cheung, P. Conway, Deservingness, the Scope of Justice, and Actions Toward Others. D. Gaucher, A.C. Kay, K. Laurin, The Power of the Status Quo: Consequences for Maintaining and Perpetuating Inequality. J.T. Jost, I. Liviatan, J. van der Toorn, A. Ledgerwood, A. Mandisodza, B.A. Nosek, System Justification: How Do We Know It’s Motivated? K. van den Bos, Self-Regulation, Homeostasis, and Behavioral Disinhibition in Normative Judgments. J.M. Darley, D.M. Gromet, The Psychology of Punishment: Intuition and Reason, Retribution and Restoration. T.R. Tyler, Legitimacy and Rule Adherence: A Psychological Perspective on the Antecedents and Consequences of Legitimacy. S.C. Wright, D.M. Taylor, Justice in Aboriginal Language Policy and Practices: Fighting Institutional Discrimination and Linguicide. K. Schumann, M. Ross, The Antecedents, Nature and Effectiveness of Political Apologies for Historical Injustices.

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