420 Thompson Hall | UMass Amherst
A theory of system justification was proposed 25 years ago by Jost and Banaji (1994) to explain “the participation by disadvantaged individuals and groups in negative stereotypes of themselves” and the phenomenon of outgroup favoritism. The scope of the theory was subsequently expanded to account for a much wider range of outcomes. In this seminar, John Jost (New York University | Psychology) summarizes major tenets of system justification theory, reviews some of the empirical evidence supporting it, answers several questions and criticisms, and highlights areas of societal relevance and directions for future research. Sponsored by the ISSR Scholars Program with co-sponsorship by the Institute of Diversity Sciences, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst.