This study examines how different socio-cultural conditions may differently affect justice judgments among high school student populations. It does so by analyzing two historical instances of pervasive social and economic change: Israel at the start of fast economic liberalization in the late 1980s, and the State of Saxony in the former East Germany at the start of post-communist transition in the early 1990s. Israeli society was much influenced by the Zionist pioneering ethos, while the former East Germany was characterized by the legacy of unpopular communist and collectivist values as well as egalitarian notions of citizenship and civil rights. In line with our expectations, Israeli high school students were found to favor differentiation in political resources such as honor and influence over differentiation in economic resources. The opposite held true for East German students. These differences remained after respondents' social position was taken into account, suggesting that justice perceptions among high school populations are influenced by socio-cultural conditions.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Sociology Research|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2010|
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- Distributive justice
- East germany
- Economic inequality
- Political equality
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)