TITLE

Of monkeys and social justice

PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Business Horizons;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
Notions of fairness, equity and justice form a deep, broad undercurrent in the social sciences. Such notions, clothed in varying phraseology, inform theories of political science, sociology, psychology and management. They work on the premise that human beings, unlike the brutes of the field and forest, have uniquely developed sensitivities to what is fair and unfair. The corollary premise is that such sensitivities propel behavior to correct unfairness, not only in one's own experience but in that of others as well. Social comparison determinants of fairness were not only uniquely human, but particularly developed in cultures — such as those of the U.S. — that combine individualism and egalitarianism. In other words, each person fully expects to be treated on the same terms as everyone else. In a steeply hierarchical society people know that the rules are different for groups of different rank and that's just the way it is. A collectivist culture will care more about whether its extended in-groups, on average, get a deal as good as, or better than, the other groups.
ACCESSION #
11770215

 

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