Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be.

@article{Kay2009InequalityDA,
  title={Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be.},
  author={Aaron C Kay and Danielle Gaucher and Jennifer M. Peach and Kristin Laurin and Justin P Friesen and M. Zanna and S. Spencer},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={97 3},
  pages={
          421-34
        }
}
How powerful is the status quo in determining people's social ideals? The authors propose (a) that people engage in injunctification, that is, a motivated tendency to construe the current status quo as the most desirable and reasonable state of affairs (i.e., as the most representative of how things should be); (b) that this tendency is driven, at least in part, by people's desire to justify their sociopolitical systems; and (c) that injunctification has profound implications for the… Expand
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