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date: 18 February 2020

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Much of the justice literature implicitly treats the justice formation process as based primarily on an individual’s experience of an event; however, this view ignores an important dimension that is highly relevant to justice perception formation: the social setting. There is clear evidence that justice perceptions generally do not develop in a vacuum, but instead rely on social information and the broader social context. Whether the social information stems from other individuals such as peers or supervisors, or from a larger setting such as one’s work team or organization, studies have shown that people’s individual justice perceptions are formed and influenced by one’s social setting. In this chapter, we focus on the multiple mechanisms through which the social context plays a role in the formation of justice perceptions, from social comparison to social information and sensemaking.

Keywords: justice, fairness, social context, social comparison, social information, sensemaking

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