The System Justification Conundrum: Re-Examining the Cognitive Dissonance Basis for System Justification

@article{Owuamalam2016TheSJ,
  title={The System Justification Conundrum: Re-Examining the Cognitive Dissonance Basis for System Justification},
  author={Chuma Kevin Owuamalam and Mark Rubin and Russell Spears},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
  year={2016},
  volume={7}
}
In a landmark 1994 publication in the British Journal of Social Psychology, Jost and Banaji proposed the existence of a novel, fundamental system justification motive that drives social behaviors. More specifically, they proposed (a) that people have an epistemic need to support social hierarchies and societal systems, (b) that this system justification motive is inversely related to personal and group interests among members of low status groups, and (c) that it is stronger and more effective… Expand
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