Victims without Harmdoers: Human Casualties in the Pursuit of Corporate Efficiency

  • Melvin J. Lerner
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


In response to economic market pressures, many Western societies have created new categories of innocent victims. These include members of the work force participating in the process of corporate restructuring, and the younger generations denied access to secure employment. To promote better understanding of the implications of this contemporary tragedy, this chapter highlights and examines the sense of justice as it appears in the lives of the participants: the victims, survivors, harmdoers, and the generation entering the workforce.


Relative Deprivation Fair Procedure Societal Norm Restructuring Process North American Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin J. Lerner
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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