Critical Issues in Social Justice

Entitlement and the Affectional Bond

Justice in Close Relationships

Editors: Lerner, Melvin J., Mikula, Gerold (Eds.)

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If the truth were told, this volume and its direct antecedents must rank among the most ambitious, if not simply pretentious, endeavors imag­ inable, at least in the social sciences. The titles of the volume and the chapters, promising to integrate the experiences of the sense of justice and the affectional bonding of people in close relations, seem straightforward and reasonable enough. What they fail to convey, however, is the simple bald fact that we in the human social sciences have no firm grasp on either of these two fundamental experiences-what we sometimes call "love" and "justice. " To begin with, even as "scientists" committed to under­ standing based upon systematic propositions linking publicly observable concepts, we have no clear consensus concerning the nature of the affec­ tional bonds linking people in close relationships-love, intimacy, caring, mutual responsiveness, or the sense of justice, fairness, deserving, and in our efforts to under­ entitlement. And we are continually handicapped stand these complex, moving experiences by the persistent tendency to reduce them to manifestations of, "nothing but," familiar psychological or even biological processes-"secondary rewards," "selfish genes. " So, why then this volume? Although there are many answers to the question, probably the most germane is that the basic issues are so im­ portant and intriguing that the recent past has seen rather dramatic paral­ lel growth in social scientists' interest in these two areas-justice and close relationships.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Justice in Close Relationships

    Mikula, Gerold (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Equity and Balance in the Exchange of Contributions in Close Relationships

    Sprecher, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 11-41

  • Entitlements in Close Relationships

    Desmarais, Serge (et al.)

    Pages 43-63

  • Resource Allocation in Intimate Relationships

    Clark, Margaret S. (et al.)

    Pages 65-88

  • Social Comparison and Social Exchange in Marital Relationships

    VanYperen, Nico W. (et al.)

    Pages 89-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Entitlement and the Affectional Bond
Book Subtitle
Justice in Close Relationships
Editors
  • Melvin J. Lerner
  • Gerold Mikula
Series Title
Critical Issues in Social Justice
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0984-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0984-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-44699-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0986-2
Series ISSN
1572-1906
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 358
Topics