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Justice: Social-Psychological Perspectives

Fischer, Ronald
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In Anthony J. W. Taylor, ed., Justice as a Basic Human Need. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Pp. 85-93.

“The aim of the current chapter is to share eight fundamental insights that have been gleaned from over fifty years of social psychological theorizing and research relating to justice. These insights are that: 1) Justice is an important subjective phenomenon; 2) People have a need to believe in a just world; 3) Outcomes, procedures, and treatment impact perceptions of justice; 4) Perceptions of justice are important for both individuals and groups; 5) People care about justice for a number of different reasons; 6) Feelings of injustice are tied to notions of accountability and blame; 7) Justice judgements are formed through social comparisons; and 8) Justice judgments are shaped by cultural values.


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