When Expectations and Justice Do Not Coincide

Blue-Collar Visions of a Just World
  • Joanne Martin
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Psychological theories of distributive justice, such as equity, exchange, and relative deprivation, offer a picture of an economic world that is, in its broad outlines, perceived as just. For example, drawing on an extensive and persuasive body of experimental research, Lerner (1980) found that people usually expect the world to be a just place and will go to great lengths to rectify perceived injustice. If behavioral rectification is not possible, people will generally use psychological means of maintaining a “just world” view, such as blaming rape victims for their misfortune.


Prospect Theory Relative Deprivation Internal Locus External Locus Reward Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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