The Social Psychology of Inequality

  • Jolanda Jetten
  • Kim Peters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Inequality in Organizational Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Kim Peters, Miguel A. Fonseca, S. Alexander Haslam, Niklas K. Steffens, John Quiggin
      Pages 21-34
    3. Clara Kulich, Marion Chipeaux
      Pages 35-51
  3. Inequality in Educational Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Matthew J. Easterbrook, Ian R. Hadden, Marlon Nieuwenhuis
      Pages 103-121
    3. Anatolia Batruch, Frédérique Autin, Fabrizio Butera
      Pages 123-137
    4. Jean-Claude Croizet, Frédérique Autin, Sébastien Goudeau, Medhi Marot, Mathias Millet
      Pages 139-152
  4. Consequences of Inequality on Preferences and Behaviours

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Maria Almudena Claassen, Olivier Corneille, Olivier Klein
      Pages 155-172
    3. Kelly Kirkland, Jolanda Jetten, Mark Nielsen
      Pages 187-199
    4. Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi, Stephanie E. McKee
      Pages 201-212
  5. Why Does Inequality Have These Negative Outcomes?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Zhechen Wang, Jolanda Jetten, Niklas K. Steffens
      Pages 289-303
    3. Héctor Carvacho, Belén Álvarez
      Pages 305-318
  6. Why and How Is Inequality Maintained?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Martha Augoustinos, Peta Callaghan
      Pages 321-334
    3. Susan T. Fiske, Federica Durante
      Pages 335-348
    4. Martin V. Day, Susan T. Fiske
      Pages 365-380
    5. Rael J. Dawtry, Robbie M. Sutton, Chris G. Sibley
      Pages 381-396
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 397-405

About this book


Economic inequality has been of considerable interest to academics, citizens, and politicians worldwide for the past decade–and while economic inequality has attracted a considerable amount of research attention, it is only more recently that researchers have considered that economic inequality may have broader societal implications. However, while there is an increasingly clear picture of the varied ways in which economic inequality harms the fabric of society, there is a relatively poor understanding of the social psychological processes that are at work in unequal societies. This edited book aims to build on this emerging area of research by bringing together researchers who are at the forefront of this development and who can therefore provide timely insight to academics and practitioners who are grappling with the impact of economic inequality. 

This book will address questions relating to perceptions of inequality, mechanisms underlying effects of inequality, various consequences of inequality and the factors that contribute to the maintenance of inequality. The target audiences are students at advanced undergraduate or graduate level, as well as scholars and professionals in the field. The book fills a niche of both applied and practical relevance, strongly emphasizing theory and integration of different perspectives in social psychology. Given the broad interest in inequality within the social sciences, the book will be accessible to sociologists and political scientists as well as social, organizational, and developmental psychologists. The insights brought together in The Social Psychology of Inequality will contribute to a broader understanding of the far-reaching costs of inequality for the social health of a society and its citizens.


Social psychology of inequality Difference between actual and perceived inequality Decision-making under socioeconomic threat Consequences of inequality Stereotypical perception of groups Inequality and bullying Status seeking for positional goods Inequality and food choice Inequality in performance contexts Pay inequality at work for motivation Gender pay inequalities Social class differences Social integration in university Academic outcomes and mental health Inequality and risk-taking Ethnic identity centrality Income inequality and life satisfaction High status and status maintenance Inequality and mobility Perceived system longevity increases system justification

Editors and affiliations

  • Jolanda Jetten
    • 1
  • Kim Peters
    • 2
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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