Social justice and psychology: what is, and what should be

Louis, Winnifred R., Mavor, Kenneth I., La Macchia, Stephen T. and Amiot, Catherine E. (2014) Social justice and psychology: what is, and what should be. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34 1: 14-27. doi:10.1037/a0033033

Author Louis, Winnifred R.
Mavor, Kenneth I.
La Macchia, Stephen T.
Amiot, Catherine E.
Title Social justice and psychology: what is, and what should be
Journal name Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1068-8471
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0033033
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 27
Total pages 14
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Abstract This article proposes that all psychologists-and all psychologies-are innately concerned with justice, and yet there is no consensually defined discipline of psychology, and no consensual understanding of social justice. Adopting an intergroup and identitybased model of what is and what should be, we will describe the mechanisms whereby identities and perceptions of justice are formed, contested, and changed over time. We will argue that psychological research and practice have implications for social justice even where-and perhaps especially when-these are not made explicit. Psychology is considered as the product of diverse groups with distinct and evolving identities, and with differential access to resources and power, which dynamically contest different normative perceptions of justice.
Keyword Ethic
Social justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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