Perceived Procedural Justice, Group Identification, and Support for Economic Equality : A Test of the Group Engagement Model

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Tassinari , M & Jasinskaja-Lahti , I 2020 , ' Perceived Procedural Justice, Group Identification, and Support for Economic Equality : A Test of the Group Engagement Model ' , Community psychology in global perspective , vol. 6 , no. 2/1 , pp. 56-75 . https://doi.org/10.1285/i24212113v6i2-1p56

Title: Perceived Procedural Justice, Group Identification, and Support for Economic Equality : A Test of the Group Engagement Model
Author: Tassinari, Matilde; Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Social Psychology
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Community psychology in global perspective
ISSN: 2421-2113
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327180
Abstract: This research explores the relationship between perceived procedural justice, group identification and support for economic equality at the national (Italian) and supranational (European and global) levels. The aim is to test the assumptions of the Group Engagement Model (GEM), stating that procedural justice encourages group identification, which in turn increases pro-group behaviour towards reaching shared goals. In addition, we also aim to challenge GEM with research on system-justification that shows how perceived justice is intertwined with the higher need to secure boundaries of group membership limiting expectations of extended social solidarity. The data represents a sample (N = 222) of Italian adults obtained via social medias using a self-report questionnaire. Perceived procedural justice accounted for higher group identification and support for inequality at all three levels, suggesting the occurrence of system-justifying dynamics. Namely, subjects who perceived higher levels of procedural justice in the Italian national, European and global contexts supported less economic equality for members of these three communities respectively. However, this relationship was not mediated by their group identification. The results are discussed from a global perspective towards the reduction of economic inequality.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
economic inequality
group engagement model
group identification
social justice
social identity
system justification
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