Responses to Victimizations and Belief in a Just World

  • Leo Montada
  • Melvin J. Lerner

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Melvin J. Lerner, Leo Montada
      Pages 1-7
  3. Advances in Research on Observers’ Reactions to Victims

    1. Jürgen Maes
      Pages 9-40
    2. Changiz Mohiyeddini, Leo Montada
      Pages 41-54
  4. Innovative Extensions of BJW and Self-Experienced Injustices

  5. Analytic Perspectives for Assessing the Construct: Belief in a Just World

  6. Looking Back and Then Forward to the Next Generation of Research on BJW

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Leo Montada
    • 1
  • Melvin J. Lerner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TrierTrierGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-3306-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-6418-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1906
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