Social class and adolescents' beliefs about justice in different social orders

Constance A. Flanagan*, Bernadette Campbell, Luba Botcheva, Jennifer Bowes, Beno Csapo, Petr Macek, Elena Sheblanova

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)711-732
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Social Issues
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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