© 1984

The Sense of Injustice

Social Psychological Perspectives

  • Robert Folger

Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Forms of Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harry T. Reis
      Pages 25-61
    3. Vita C. Rabinowitz, Jurgis Karuza Jr., Michael A. Zevon
      Pages 63-92
  3. Antecedents of Justice Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Joanne Martin, Alan Murray
      Pages 95-139
    3. Faye Crosby, A. Miren Gonzalez-Intal
      Pages 141-166
    4. Jerald Greenberg
      Pages 167-186
  4. Arenas of Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Tom R. Tyler
      Pages 189-225
    3. William Austin, Joyce M. Tobiasen
      Pages 227-274
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-280

About this book


The importance of justice cannot be overstated. As one author has put it, "A better understanding of how justice concerns develop and function in people's lives should enable us to plan more effectively for institutional and other social change to deal with the problems that confront humankind" (S. C. Lerner, 1981, p. 466). The volume in which that statement appeared-an earlier one in this same series-was devoted to exploring the impact that dwindling resources and an increasing rate of change have had upon people's concern for justice. In contrast, the present volume places greater emphasis on the word under­ standing, as it was used in the context of the preceding quotation, than upon effective planning, social change, and ways of dealing with human problems. Nothing in that statement of purpose is meant to belittle the urgency of translat­ ing understanding into action, because the social significance of justice concerns is a major factor that has prompted the authors of the chapters in this book to do research in the area. Rather, this volume receives its emphasis from Kurt Lewin's famous dictum there is nothing so practical as a good theory. The need for good theory is ongoing, and these pages are dedicated to a search for new pathways toward better theory.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Folger
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Sense of Injustice
  • Book Subtitle Social Psychological Perspectives
  • Editors Robert G. Folger
  • Series Title Critical Issues in Social Justice
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-41459-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-9669-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-2683-0
  • Series ISSN 1572-1906
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 294
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
    Sociology, general
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