December 1993
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie & Sozialpsychologie;1993, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p668
Academic Journal
In what used to be East and West Germany, preferences for distributive social justice principles are being studied. Can the differences between Eastern and Western Germany be attributed to structural factors alone or do cultural differences, having emerged during the forty years the country was divided, play a role in this? We base our analysis on Mary Douglas' grid-group theory applying this theory to four types of justice beliefs: ascriptivism, egalitarianism, individualism, and distributional fatalism. Hypotheses about how variations in these beliefs are determined by respondents' social structural attributes are developed and, using 1991 data of the International Social Justice Project, these hypotheses are tested by means of structural equation models. Results indicate that differences in justice perceptions between East and West Germany can be accounted for only by using class, career mobility, age, and sex as independent variables, without having to consider cultural differences. In concluding we reflect on the religiously based communalities in the cultural background of both Germanies.


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