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Entitlement and the Affectional Bond : Justice in Close Relationships - Melvin J. Lerner

Entitlement and the Affectional Bond

Justice in Close Relationships

By: Melvin J. Lerner (Editor), Gerold Mikula (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1994
ISBN: 9780306446993
Number Of Pages: 358

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If the truth were told, this volume and its direct antecedents must rank among the most ambitious, if not simply pretentious, endeavors imag­ inable, at least in the social sciences. The titles of the volume and the chapters, promising to integrate the experiences of the sense of justice and the affectional bonding of people in close relations, seem straightforward and reasonable enough. What they fail to convey, however, is the simple bald fact that we in the human social sciences have no firm grasp on either of these two fundamental experiences-what we sometimes call "love" and "justice. " To begin with, even as "scientists" committed to under­ standing based upon systematic propositions linking publicly observable concepts, we have no clear consensus concerning the nature of the affec­ tional bonds linking people in close relationships-love, intimacy, caring, mutual responsiveness, or the sense of justice, fairness, deserving, and in our efforts to under­ entitlement. And we are continually handicapped stand these complex, moving experiences by the persistent tendency to reduce them to manifestations of, "nothing but," familiar psychological or even biological processes-"secondary rewards," "selfish genes. " So, why then this volume? Although there are many answers to the question, probably the most germane is that the basic issues are so im­ portant and intriguing that the recent past has seen rather dramatic paral­ lel growth in social scientists' interest in these two areas-justice and close relationships.

Justice in Close Relationships: An Introduction
Equity and Balance in the Exchange of Contributions in Close Relationships
Entitlements in Close Relationships: A Justice Motive Analysis
Resource Allocation in Intimate Relationships: Trying to Make Sense of a Confusing Literature
Social Comparison and Social Exchange in Marital Relationships
Entitlement in Romantic Relationships in the United States: A Social Exchange Perspective
Paradoxical Effects of Closeness in Relationships of Perceptions of Justice: An Interdependence Theory Perspective
Perspectiverelated Differences in Interpretations of Injustice by Victims and Victimizers: A Test with Close Relationships
Equality and Entitlement in Marriage: Benefits and Barriers
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ISBN: 9780306446993
ISBN-10: 0306446995
Series: Critical Issues in Social Justice
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 31st October 1994
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.6