The Justice Motive in Social Behavior

Adapting to Times of Scarcity and Change

  • Melvin J. Lerner
  • Sally C. Lerner

Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sally C. Lerner
      Pages 3-10
    3. Melvin J. Lerner
      Pages 11-35
  3. Basic Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Origins and Development of the Sense of Justice

    3. New Perspectives on the Social Dimensions of Justice

      1. Robert Hogan, Nicholas P. Emler
        Pages 125-143
      2. Dale T. Miller, Neil Vidmar
        Pages 145-172
      3. Philip Brickman, Robert Folger, Erica Goode, Yaacov Schul
        Pages 173-202
  4. Institutional Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Close Relations

      1. Ellen Berscheid, Bruce Campbell
        Pages 209-234
      2. Louise H. Kidder, Michele A. Fagan, Ellen S. Cohn
        Pages 235-259
      3. John G. Holmes
        Pages 261-284
    3. Justice in the Marketplace

    4. Legal Institutions and Their Alternatives

      1. Robert L. Kidder
        Pages 423-437
      2. Dean E. Peachey, Melvin J. Lerner
        Pages 439-461
  5. Endnote

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
    2. Sally C. Lerner
      Pages 465-472

About this book


This volume was conceived out of the concern with what the imminent future holds for the "have" countries ... those societies, such as the United States, which are based on complex technology and a high level of energy consumption. Even the most sanguine projection includes as base minimum relatively rapid and radical change in all aspects of the society, reflecting adaptation or reactions to demands created by poten­ tial threat to the technological base, sources of energy, to the life-support system itself. Whatever the source of these threats-whether they are the result of politically endogeneous or exogeneous forces-they will elicit changes in our social institutions; changes resulting not only from attempts to adapt but also from unintended consequences of failures to adapt. One reasonable assumption is that whatever the future holds for us, we would prefer to live in a world of minimal suffering with the greatest opportunity for fulfilling the human potential. The question then becomes one of how we can provide for these goals in that scenario for the imminent future ... a world of threat, change, need to adapt, diminishing access to that which has been familiar, comfortable, needed.


Institution Motive morality psychology social change social justice social psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Melvin J. Lerner
    • 1
  • Sally C. Lerner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Environmental StudiesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0431-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0429-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1906
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