The Psychology of Legitimacy: Emerging Perspectives on Ideology, Justice, and Intergroup Relations

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Overview

This book addresses how people think about inequalities of race, gender, class, status, and power, and it focuses on why social inequality is perceived as fair and legitimate. Work on stereotyping and internalization of inferiority helps to explain why the oppressed do not revolt. The book has important implications for leadership and politics and for understanding how businesses and governments maintain their legitimacy to customers and public audiences.

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"An ambitious collection...a masterly overview of the latest research on the psychological, sociological, and organizational development theories of legitimacy...will provide students of organizational studies with a valuable introduction to the psychology of legitimacy." Administrative Science Quarterly

"Compiles much of the best current research on legitimacy processes...An important book...Any researcher involved in the serious study of legitimacy processes and everyone who wants to better understand how legitimacy affects individual and collective behavior should read this book." Contemporary Sociology

"Introduces psychologists and social psychologists to exciting work in the area of legitimacy from the perspective of the individual." Social Justice Research

"Collects varied perspectives on the social-psychological processes, among both the advantaged and the disadvantaged, that shore up this wall around the status quo...Can be usefully applied in many contexts." Civil Rights Journal

"This is an important book. Any researcher involved in the serious study of legitimacy processes and everyone who wants to better understand how legitimacy affects individual and collective behavior should read this book." Contemporary Psychology

"This book is exhaustively researched and referenced and, as a whole, creates a substantial foundation for future research." Administrative Science Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521781602
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
1 Emerging Perspectives on the Psychology of Legitimacy 3
2 Theories of Legitimacy 33
3 Reflections on Social and Psychological Processes of Legitimization and Delegitimization 54
4 A Perceptual Theory of Legitimacy: Politics, Prejudice, Social Institutions, and Moral Value 77
5 Blame It on the Group: Entitativity, Subjective Essentialism, and Social Attribution 103
6 Status versus Quo: Naive Realism and the Search for Social Change and Perceived Legitimacy 135
7 Tolerance of Personal Deprivation 157
8 Legitimacy and the Construal of Social Disadvantage 176
9 Individual Upward Mobility and the Perceived Legitimacy of Intergroup Relations 205
10 Restricted Intergroup Boundaries: Tokenism, Ambiguity, and the Tolerance of Injustice 223
11 The Emergence of Status Beliefs: From Structural Inequality to Legitimizing Ideology 257
12 Ambivalent Stereotypes as Legitimizing Ideologies: Differentiating Paternalistic and Envious Prejudice 278
13 Legitimizing Ideologies: The Social Dominance Approach 307
14 The (Il)legitimacy of Ingroup Bias: From Social Reality to Social Resistance 332
15 Conflicts of Legitimation among Self, Group, and System: The Integrative Potential of System Justification Theory 363
16 The Architecture of Legitimacy: Constructing Accounts of Organizational Controversies 391
17 A Psychological Perspective on the Legitimacy of Institutions and Authorities 416
18 License to Kill: Violence and Legitimacy in Expropriative Social Relations 437
Index 469
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