Studying Injustice in the Macro and Micro Spheres: Four Generations of Social Psychological Research

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS, volume 11)


Building from Deutsch’s intellectual contribution to social justice, this chapter situates examples of recent justice scholarship within classical and contemporary theory and research. It takes the genealogy of academic mentorship and research seriously and positions four generations of justice scholarship in relationship to one another: Kurt Lewin’s work on the psychology of groups and social norms; Morton Deutsch’s work on conflict and justice; Susan Opotow’s work on the scope of justice and moral exclusion; and Sara I. McClelland’s work on evaluations of satisfaction in intimate relationships. Over the course of this chapter, we use justice concepts as a way to discuss how individuals are influenced by history, status, and power when they evaluate experiences of injustice in the private sphere.


Distributive justice Fairness Intimate Social psychology Research methods Inter-personal relationships 



We would like to thank our two readers, Morton Deutsch and Michelle Fine, for their feedback on earlier drafts of this chapter. Their insights and wisdom enhanced our thinking immeasurably. Thanks also to Robert Jansen for his helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology and Women’s Studies, Michigan Society of FellowsUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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