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Social Motivation, Justice, and the Moral Emotions
An Attributional Approach

ISBN 9780805855272
Published August 10, 2005 by Psychology Press
242 Pages

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Book Description

Social Motivation, Justice, and the Moral Emotions proposes an attribution theory of interpersonal or social motivation that distinguishes between the role of thinking and feeling in determining action. The place of this theory within the larger fields of motivation and attributional analyses is explored. It features new thoughts concerning social motivation on such topics as help giving, aggression, achievement evaluation, compliance to commit a transgression, as well as new contributions to the understanding of social justice. Included also is material on moral emotions, with discussions of admiration, contempt, envy, gratitude, and other affects not considered in Professor Weiner's prior work. The text also contains previously unexamined topics regarding social inferences of arrogance and modesty.

Divided into five chapters, this book:
*considers the logical development and structure of a proposed theory of social motivation and justice;
*reviews meta-analytic tests of the theory within the contexts of help giving and aggression and examines issues related to cultural and individual differences;
*focuses on moral emotions including an analysis of admiration, envy, gratitude, jealousy, scorn, and others;
*discusses conditions where reward decreases motivation while punishment augments strivings; and
*provides applications that are beneficial in the classroom, in therapy, and in training programs.

This book appeals to practicing and research psychologists and advanced students in social, educational, personality, political/legal, health, and clinical psychology. It will also serve as a supplement in courses on motivational psychology, emotion and motivation, altruism and/or pro-social behavior, aggression, social judgment, and morality. Also included is the raw material for 13 experiments relating to core predictions of the proposed attribution theory.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Prologue. A Theory of Social Motivation and Justice: Logic and Development. Testing the Theory and Incorporating Cultural and Individual Differences. The Moral Emotions and Creating Positive Moral Impressions. Reward and Punishment. A Visit to the Courtroom Settings: Is the Theory Useful? Epilogue.

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Weiner, Bernard


"...readers who have done work in or related to attribution theory will greatly appreciate the author's mix of insight, wry observation, and research tenacity....this book is a worthy capstone to a distinguished academic career....Weiner claims that 'this is certainly my final book product....'Social and personality psychologists will agree...that his scholarly creativity will continue--may another book be forthcoming."

"... this book is about Weiner's thinking and research and is of interest to a number of readers...It...includes novel ideas..."

Nancy Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

"In his highly readable style, Weiner communicates the theoretical conceptualization, along with the results of dozens of studies, and applies them to moral emotions...This book further develops Weiner's rationalist approach to emotions and social judgment...[he] specifically shows how culture, personality, and political ideology play a role in his theory. It works."

Chris Crandall, Ph.D.
University of Kansas