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Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research

  • Clara Sabbagh
  • Manfred Schmitt
  • Compiles the research of prominent scholars of the International Society for Social Justice Research

  • Provides a platform for interdisciplinary justice scholars

  • Embodies the past, current and future trends of justice research


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Clara Sabbagh, Manfred Schmitt
    Pages 1-11
  3. Disciplinary Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Lukas H. Meyer, Pranay Sanklecha
      Pages 15-35
    3. Stefan Liebig, Carsten Sauer
      Pages 37-59
    4. Mario Gollwitzer, Jan-Willem van Prooijen
      Pages 61-82
    5. James Konow, Lars Schwettmann
      Pages 83-106
  4. The Justice Motive

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Leo Montada, Jürgen Maes
      Pages 109-125
    3. John H. Ellard, Annelie Harvey, Mitchell J. Callan
      Pages 127-143
    4. Carolyn L. Hafer, Robbie Sutton
      Pages 145-160
    5. Anna Baumert, Manfred Schmitt
      Pages 161-180
  5. Forms of Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Guillermina Jasso, Kjell Y. Törnblom, Clara Sabbagh
      Pages 201-218
    3. Riël Vermunt, Herman Steensma
      Pages 219-236
    4. Michael Wenzel, Tyler G. Okimoto
      Pages 237-256
    5. Ronald L. Cohen
      Pages 257-272
  6. Spheres of Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Tobias Rothmund, Julia C. Becker, John T. Jost
      Pages 275-291

About this book


The International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) aims to provide a platform for interdisciplinary justice scholars who are encouraged to present and exchange their ideas. This exchange has yielded a fruitful advance of theoretical and empirically-oriented justice research.

This  volume substantiates this academic legacy and the research prospects of the ISJR in the field of justice theory and research. Included are themes and topics such as the theory of the justice motive, the mapping of the multifaceted forms of justice (distributive, procedural) and justice in context-bound spheres (e.g. non-humans). It presents a comprehensive "state of the art" overview in the field of justice research theory and it puts forth an agenda for future interdisciplinary and international justice research.  It is worth noting that authors in this proposed volume represent ISJR's leading scholarship. Thus, the compilation of their research within a single framework exposes potential readers to high quality academic work that embodies the past, current and future trends of justice research.  


International Society of Social Justice Research distributive justice justice motive non-human justice procedural justice public administration

Editors and affiliations

  • Clara Sabbagh
    • 1
  • Manfred Schmitt
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Haifa Faculty of EducationHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Koblenz-LandauLandauGermany

About the editors

Clara Sabbagh (PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is professor haver of sociology of education at the Department of Leadership & Policy in Education,  University of Haifa, Israel. At the heart of her work lies an ongoing inquiry into key aspects of conceptions of social justice that underlie the basic structure of society. She is associate editor for the journal Social Justice Research and served as President of  the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) (2010-2012). Currently  (2014-2018) she is President of the Social Psychology Research Committee  (RC42) at the International Sociological Association. Sabbagh's Erdős number is 4.

Manfred Schmitt teaches Personality and Psychological Assessment at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Prior to his current affiliation, he was professor of Developmental Psychology (Saarbruecken), Statistics (Magdeburg), and Social Psychology (Trier). His research interests include emotion (guilt, shame, anger, jealousy, anxiety, disgust), social justice, personality and information processing, nonlinear person x situation interaction, objective personality testing, the joint impact of implicit and explicit dispositions on behavior, and the simultaneous modelling of traits and states. Manfred Schmitt has served as associate editor of Social Justice Research, Psychologische Rundschau, Diagnostica, the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, and the European Journal of Personality.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research
  • Editors Clara Sabbagh
    Manfred Schmitt
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-3215-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-8000-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-3216-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 504
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Structure, Social Inequality
    Social Policy
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“I enjoyed reading–and learned a great deal from–nearly every chapter. … I give much credit and appreciation to the editors for assembling a remarkably diverse set of authors, and of course to the authors themselves for their efforts to balance breadth and depth. Most of the readings are perfectly appropriate for assigning in graduate and advanced undergraduate courses, and I can strongly recommend this collection to all scholars and practitioners working in social justice and related areas.” (Barry Markovsky, Social Justice Research, Vol. 30, 2017)