Social Change and the Contexts of Justice Motivation

  • Edward E. Sampson
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


In this chapter, our aim is to develop an understanding of justice and social change by locating this understanding in the context of an emerging, alternative model of social psychology. We open by examining the major thrust of the recent critiques of contemporary social psychology. The writings of Mead and Vygotsky on mind, Mills on motivation, and Sullivan on personality are then introduced as offering a distinctly alternative version of social-psychological inquiry. These serve as the basis for introducing a concept, address frame, that is responsive to the critiques and offers a useful new perspective for understanding social behavior, including justice motivation. We examine justice motivation reconceptualized in terms of the concept of address frame. Finally, we turn to how changing sociohistorical factors have constituted different contexts of justice and what some of the future issues might be.


Social Change Equity Theory Attribution Theory Universalistic Formulation Reverse Discrimination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward E. Sampson
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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