Restricting the scope of justice to justify discrimination: The role played by justice perceptions in discrimination against immigrants
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 7, pages 627–636, December 2013
How to Cite
Lima-Nunes, A., Pereira, C. R. and Correia, I. (2013), Restricting the scope of justice to justify discrimination: The role played by justice perceptions in discrimination against immigrants. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 43: 627–636. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1981
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 25 FEB 2013
- Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal. Grant Numbers: SFRH/BD/62066/2009, PTDC/PSI-PSO/114159/2009
In this research, we have analysed the role played by the scope of justice and belief in a just world (BJW) in discrimination against immigrants. In Study 1 (n = 185), we found that the relationship between prejudice and discrimination is mediated by a restricted view of the scope of justice. In addition, the results also showed that this mediation is moderated by BJW insofar as the mediation occurred in participants with a high level of BJW but not in participants with a low level of BJW. Studies 2 and 3 experimentally tested our prediction that the legitimising role played by the scope of justice is guided by a justice motive such as BJW. In both studies, the results showed a greater degree of discrimination against immigrants when a restricted scope of justice was considered but only when the BJW was made salient. In sum, these results introduced an innovation into the literature on the legitimation of social inequalities by demonstrating the relevant role played by the justice perceptions in discrimination against immigrants. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.