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

journal contribution
posted on 2014-02-01, 00:00 authored by W R Louis, K I Mavor, Stephen La MacchiaStephen La Macchia, C E Amiot
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. © 2014 American Psychological Association.

History

Journal

Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

Volume

34

Issue

1

Pagination

14 - 27

Publisher

American Psychological Association

ISSN

1068-8471

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article; C Journal article