Entitlement and the Affectional Bond

Justice in Close Relationships

  • Melvin J. Lerner
  • Gerold Mikula

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Gerold Mikula, Melvin J. Lerner
    Pages 1-9
  3. Serge Desmarais, Melvin J. Lerner
    Pages 43-63
  4. Margaret S. Clark, Kathleen Chrisman
    Pages 65-88
  5. Nico W. VanYperen, Bram P. Buunk
    Pages 89-115
  6. Mark Attridge, Ellen Berscheid
    Pages 117-147
  7. Barbara Reichle, Leo Montada
    Pages 205-228
  8. Janice M. Steil
    Pages 229-258
  9. Faye Crosby, Rehana Farrell, Ann E. Cameron
    Pages 259-279
  10. Nicholas P. Emler, Sharon Hall
    Pages 281-303
  11. Louise H. Kidder, Nobuko Kosuge
    Pages 305-323
  12. Melvin J. Lerner, Gerold Mikula
    Pages 325-339
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 341-358

About this book


If the truth were told, this volume and its direct antecedents must rank among the most ambitious, if not simply pretentious, endeavors imag­ inable, at least in the social sciences. The titles of the volume and the chapters, promising to integrate the experiences of the sense of justice and the affectional bonding of people in close relations, seem straightforward and reasonable enough. What they fail to convey, however, is the simple bald fact that we in the human social sciences have no firm grasp on either of these two fundamental experiences-what we sometimes call "love" and "justice. " To begin with, even as "scientists" committed to under­ standing based upon systematic propositions linking publicly observable concepts, we have no clear consensus concerning the nature of the affec­ tional bonds linking people in close relationships-love, intimacy, caring, mutual responsiveness, or the sense of justice, fairness, deserving, and in our efforts to under­ entitlement. And we are continually handicapped stand these complex, moving experiences by the persistent tendency to reduce them to manifestations of, "nothing but," familiar psychological or even biological processes-"secondary rewards," "selfish genes. " So, why then this volume? Although there are many answers to the question, probably the most germane is that the basic issues are so im­ portant and intriguing that the recent past has seen rather dramatic paral­ lel growth in social scientists' interest in these two areas-justice and close relationships.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Melvin J. Lerner
    • 1
  • Gerold Mikula
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0986-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0984-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1906
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