Critical Issues in Social Justice

Current Societal Concerns about Justice

Editors: Montada, Leo, Lerner, Melvin J. (Eds.)

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What role does justice play in the formation of public opinion and the scholarly debates about social problems? Does the perception of injustice force problems to appear on the political agenda? Does the perception of an injustice give momentum to social change? Or are violations of self-interest or threats to one's material welfare the more important factors? Or are empathy-driven concerns for the needy and the disadvan­ taged motivations to solve societal problems? What is known about the role justice concerns play in leadership? In several chapters of this volume, justice concerns and justice motives are viewed in relation to other concerns and motivations; welfare, self-interest, altruism. It is argued that the consensus of political theorists converges on mutual advantage as the main criterion of acceptable solutions to solving socie­ tal problems. In economics, self-interest is considered the driving force and provides the criterion of acceptable solutions. Sociological and social psychological exchange theories share these basic assumptions. Thus, questions are raised and answered concerning how justice and these other important motives appear in the analyses of societal prob­ lems and the search for solutions. Moreover, in addition to the issue of conflicting motives-self­ interest, altruism, justice-it is commonly recognized that the definition of what is just and what is unjust is open to question. In public as well as in scientific dialogues, diverging views about justice have to be integrated or decided upon.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Doing Justice to the Justice Motive

    Lerner, Melvin J.

    Pages 1-8

  • Distributive Justice in a Real World

    Hardin, Russell

    Pages 9-24

  • The Power of the Myth of Self-Interest

    Miller, Dale T. (et al.)

    Pages 25-48

  • Empathy, Altruism, and Justice: Another Perspective on Partiality

    Batson, C. Daniel

    Pages 49-66

  • Intergenerational Relations, Inequality, and Social Justice

    Cook, Karen S. (et al.)

    Pages 67-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Current Societal Concerns about Justice
Editors
  • Leo Montada
  • Melvin J. Lerner
Series Title
Critical Issues in Social Justice
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-9927-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-9927-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-45395-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-9929-3
Series ISSN
1572-1906
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 286
Topics