Thinking about Justice and Dealing with One’s Own Privileges

A Study of Existential Guilt
  • Leo Montada
  • Manfred Schmitt
  • Claudia Dalbert
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Resources are distributed unequally. Differences in wealth, prestige, education, freedom, or power are common, within and between families, organizations, social classes, countries, and so forth. Historians, social philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists have often examined how people deal with being disadvantaged: When do they consider their lot unjust and possibly suffer from it? When do they tend to act against perceived injustice? When do they put their lot into perspective and justify it? Theories of social conflict, of revolution, and of envy have analyzed inequalities from the viewpoint of the disadvantaged.


Defensive Strategy Equity Principle Guilt Feeling Disadvantaged People Perceive Control 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Montada
    • 1
  • Manfred Schmitt
    • 1
  • Claudia Dalbert
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich I-PsychologieUniversität TrierTrierWest Germany

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