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

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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

Part I: Introduction: 1. Emerging perspectives on the psychology of legitimacy John T. Jost and Brenda Major; Part II. Historical Perspectives on Sociological and Psychological Theories of Legitimacy: 2. Theories of legitimacy Morris Zelditch, Jr; 3. Reflections on social and psychological processes of legitimization and delegitimization Herbert C. Kelman; Part III. Cognitive and Perceptual Processes in the Appraisal of Legitimacy: 4. A perceptual theory of legitimacy: policies, prejudice, social institutions, and moral value Chris Crandall and Ryan Beasley; 5. Blame it on the group: entitativity, subjective essentialism, and social attribution Vincent Yzerbyt and Anouk Rogier; 6. Status vs. quo: naive realism and the search for social change and perceived legitimacy Robert J. Robinson and Laura Kray; Part IV. The Tolerance of Injustice: Implications for Self and Society: 7. Tolerance and personal deprivation James M. Olson and Carolyn Hafer; 8. Legitimacy and the construal of social advantage Brenda Major and Toni Schmader; 9. Individual upward mobility and the perceived legitimacy of intergroup relations Naomi Ellemers; 10. Restricted intergroup boundaries: tokenism, ambiguity and the tolerance of injustice Stephen C. Wright; Part V. Sterotyping, Ideology and the Legitimation of Inequality: 11. The emergence of status beliefs: from structural inequality to legitimizing ideology Cecilia L. Ridgeway; 12. Ambivalent stereotypes as legitimizing ideologies: differentiating paternalistic and envious prejudice Peter Glick and Susan T. Fiske; 13. Legitimizing ideologies: the social dominance approach Jim Sidanius, Shana Levin, Christopher M. Federico, and Felicia Pratto; 14. The (il)legitimacy of intergroup bias: from social reality to social resistance Russell Spears, Jolanda Jetten and Bertjan Doosje; 15. Conflicts of legitimation among self, group, and system: the integrative potential of system justification theory John T. Jost, Diana Burgess and Cristina Mosso; Part VI. Institutional and Organizational Processes of Legitimation: 16. The architecture of legitimacy: constructing accounts of organizational controversies Kimberly D. Elsbach; 17. A psychological perspective on the legitimacy of institutions and authorities Tom R. Tyler; 18. License to kill: violence and legitimacy in expropriative social relations Mary R. Jackman.
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