System Justification in Responding to the Poor and Displaced in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

@article{Napier2006SystemJI,
  title={System Justification in Responding to the Poor and Displaced in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina},
  author={J. L. Napier and Anesu N. Mandisodza and S. Andersen and J. Jost},
  journal={Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy},
  year={2006},
  volume={6},
  pages={57-73}
}
We examine people's reactions to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, most of whom are minorities living in poverty, and we do so in terms of system justification theory. We propose that the social system was indirectly threatened for the public when inadequate relief efforts exposed governmental shortcomings, called into question the legitimacy of agency leadership, and highlighted racial inequality in America. In response to such system threats, both victims and observers (e.g., the general… Expand
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