Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making

Psychological Perspectives

Editors: Wiener, R.L., Bornstein, B.H., Schopp, R., Willborn, S.L. (Eds.)

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  • Consists of four substantive units, each assessing the assumptions that the law makes about human judgment and decision making in a specific area
  • Examines the effects of law on the lives of workers, students, citizens, attorneys, administrators and police investigators
  • A guide to understanding the valuable contribution of social scientific research in policy formulation in the law
  • Addresses the role of psychology in substantive law and legal decision making
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Our basic assumption about the law is that it is designed to operate fairly and openly. But with human beings as the ultimate decision makers, how do we prevent discrimination within the legal arena, and how does the law decide whether others have behaved in a discriminatory manner? Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making examines four controversial areas involving people’s perceptions of others—racial profiling, affirmative action, workplace harassment, and hate speech/hate crime—from the perspectives of psychology, decision theory, and the law.

This book's contributing experts raise these critical questions:

  • How valid are legal assumptions about human behavior?
  • What cognitive processes underlie biased behavior?
  • What do personal experience and situational cues contribute to decision making?
  • How do individuals’ perceptions of the law influence their judgment?
  • Can psychology help legislators write more effective laws?

In answering them, the book:

  • Compares rational, descriptive, and normative decision-making models in legal contexts
  • Provides important insights into legal decision making by non-specialists (police, administrators, jurors)
  • Clarifies and broadens the role of social science in the courts
  • Promotes improved dialogue between the field of psychology and law to create a more socially aware jurisprudence.

Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making invites the legal and psychology communities to work together in solving some of our most pressing social problems.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Law and Everyday Decision Making: Rational, Descriptive, and Normative Models

    Pages 3-32

    Wiener, Richard L.

  • The Rhetoric of Racial Profiling

    Pages 35-60

    Gross, Samuel R.

  • Racial Profiling, Attributions of Motive, and the Acceptance of Social Authority

    Pages 61-74

    Tyler, Tom R.

  • Racial Profiling as a Minority Issue

    Pages 75-87

    Willis-Esqueda, Cynthia

  • Affirmative Action and the Courts: From Plessy to Brown to Grutter, and Back?

    Pages 91-120

    Killenbeck, Professor Mark R.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making
Book Subtitle
Psychological Perspectives
Editors
  • Richard L. Wiener
  • Brian H. Bornstein
  • Robert Schopp
  • Steven L. Willborn
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-46218-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-46218-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-46217-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4276-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 284
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations
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