Critical Issues in Social Justice

Responses to Victimizations and Belief in a Just World

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

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The preparation of this volume began with a conference held at Trier University, approximately thirty years after the publication of the first Belief in a Just World (BJW) manuscript. The location of the conference was especially appropriate given the continued interest that the Trier faculty and students had for BJW research and theory. As several chapters in this volume document, their research together with the other contributors to this volume have added to the current sophistication and status of the BJW construct. In the 1960s and 1970s Melvin Lerner, together with his students and colleagues, developed his justice motive theory. The theory of Belief in a Just World (BJW) was part of that effort. BJW theory, meanwhile in its thirties, has become very influential in social and behavioral sciences. As with every widely applied concept and theory there is a natural develop­ mental history that involves transformations, differentiation of facets, and efforts to identify further theoretical relationships. And, of course, that growth process will not end unless the theory ceases to develop. In this volume this growth is reconstructed along Furnham's stage model for the development of scientific concepts. The main part of the book is devoted to current trends in theory and research.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • An Overview

    Lerner, Melvin J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Immanent Justice and Ultimate Justice

    Maes, Jürgen

    Pages 9-40

  • BJW and Self-Efficacy in Coping with Observed Victimization

    Mohiyeddini, Changiz (et al.)

    Pages 41-54

  • How Do Observers of Victimization Preserve Their Belief in a Just World Cognitively or Actionally?

    Reichle, Barbara (et al.)

    Pages 55-64

  • Individual Differences in the Belief in a Just World and Responses to Personal Misfortune

    Hafer, Carolyn L. (et al.)

    Pages 65-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Responses to Victimizations and Belief in a Just World
Editors
  • Leo Montada
  • Melvin J. Lerner
Series Title
Critical Issues in Social Justice
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-6418-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-6418-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46030-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3306-5
Series ISSN
1572-1906
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 278
Topics