The Social Psychology of Punishment Reactions

  • Dale T. Miller
  • Neil Vidmar
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Social psychologists have devoted considerable attention to exploring the role that considerations of justice play in social behavior. People’s concern with the issue of justice has been shown to affect strongly their interpersonal perceptions (Lerner & Miller, 1978; Walster, Walster, & Berschied, 1978) as well as many of their behavioral reactions (Lerner, 1977; Miller, 1977a,b). Despite general interest in reactions to injustice, social psychologists have devoted surprisingly little attention to punishment reactions, focusing instead primarily on reactions to victims of injustice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dale T. Miller
    • 1
  • Neil Vidmar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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