We thank the editors and four anonymous reviewers for their suggestions for revisions. Support for this research project from the William T. Grant and Jacobs Foundations is gratefully acknowledged.
Social Class and Adolescents' Beliefs about Justice in Different Social Orders
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2003
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 59, Issue 4, pages 711–732, December 2003
How to Cite
Flanagan, C. A., Campbell, B., Botcheva, L., Bowes, J., Csapo, B., Macek, P. and Sheblanova, E. (2003), Social Class and Adolescents' Beliefs about Justice in Different Social Orders. Journal of Social Issues, 59: 711–732. doi: 10.1046/j.0022-4537.2003.00086.x
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2003
We report on the justice beliefs of 4508 adolescents from 4 security societies in transition to market economies (i.e., Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Russia) and from 2 opportunity societies (Australia and the United States). Using a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), justice beliefs were examined as a function of type of society, social class, and gender. In the security societies, working-class teens wanted the state and schools to provide a safety net, while middle-class teens preferred that schools promote student autonomy and competition but also reported the most negative school climates of any group. In the opportunity societies, working-class youth believed success was based on individual merit, while middle class youth expressed more doubt about this connection.