Is it Desirable or Useful to Believe in a Just World?

Abstract : Recent studies have lately highlighted the normative character of the belief in a just world. Conferring an object the status of a social norm means assigning value (in terms of desirability and utility) to that object. So we questioned the value assigned to the belief in a just world. 170 employees were therefore inte-rrogated on the desirability and utility they would attribute to a future work colleague (future peer or subordinate) based on the responses the latter was supposed to have given to a questionnaire on the belief in a just world. It turns out that believers in a just world are almost always preferred to non-believers, both in terms of desirability, as well as utility, regardless of their future status (peer vs. subordinate). This result thus confirms the normativity of the belief in a just world.
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Bernard Gangloff, Crisanta-Alina Mazilescu. Is it Desirable or Useful to Believe in a Just World?. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, Université "Alexandru Ioan Cuza Université de Iasi, Département de sociologie et Holt Roumanie, 2015, 51, pp.150-161. ⟨hal-01702736⟩

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