The corrupting power of inequality: Social-psychological consequences, causes and solutions

Sutton, R.M. and Cichocka, A. and van der Toorn, J. (2012) The corrupting power of inequality: Social-psychological consequences, causes and solutions. In: Golec de Zavala, A. and Cichocka, A., eds. The social psychology of social problems: The intergroup context. Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 115-140. ISBN 9780230284753. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This book chapter reviews diverse literatures bearing on the psychological consequences of economic inequality. These include work in sociology and public health on the correlates of inequality, research on game theory and social dilemmas, and social psychological analyses of ideology and identity. The chapter argues that that inequality is experienced as adverse or threatening social condition. In the current social and ideological climate, responses to inequality have a dilemmatic character. Psychological mechanisms that support "primary" coping mechanisms (opposing inequality) are at odds with those that support "secondary" coping mechanisms (coming to terms, emotionally and motivationally, with inequality).

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 10:44
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 08:20
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31284 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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