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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-4977


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System Justification theory: a new perspective on the problem of inequality 169


Agadullina E.R.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Ivanov A.A.
Bachelor of psychology, Research assistant, School of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Sarieva I.R.
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology of Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Prusova I.S.
Research assistant, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

This article outlines the concept of system justification proposed by J. Jost and M. Banaji. Motivational basis of system justification as well as the core assumption that low-status individuals tend to justify the existing system more than high-status individuals are described thoroughly. The factors that enhance system justification motivation as well as the relations between system justification and behavioral patterns that preserve social inequality are described in specific paragraphs.

Keywords: system justification, social identity, outgroup favoritism, social dominance, inequality.

Column: Social psychology


For Reference


The study was carried out with the financial support of the Russian Science Foundation, project № 20-18-00142).


The authors are grateful for worthy comments on an early version of the text Romanova M.O, Bogatyreva N.I., Ankushev V.V., Terskova M.A.

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