Victim Derogation and Victim Enhancement as Alternate Routes to System Justification

@article{Kay2005VictimDA,
  title={Victim Derogation and Victim Enhancement as Alternate Routes to System Justification},
  author={Aaron C. Kay and John T. Jost and Sean D. Young},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={16},
  pages={240 - 246}
}
Numerous studies have documented the potential for victim-blaming attributions to justify the status quo. Recent work suggests that complementary, victim-enhancing stereotypes may also increase support for existing social arrangements. We seek to reconcile these seemingly contradictory findings by proposing that victim derogation and victim enhancement are alternate routes to system justification, with the preferred route depending on the perception of a causal link between trait and outcome… 

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