Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Mapping Jamaican perceptions of distributive justice: An equity-based heuristic
Social and economic studies
Date of Publication
Develops a spatial heuristic, based on central theoretical assumptions of equity theory, for visually portraying and exploring the 'cognitive maps' citizens use in making comparative judgements about the relative 'contributions' (inputs to the societal transaction), and 'needs' of different social groupings within Jamaican society. Illustrates technique by using plots of mean group ratings of perceptual judgement data from a sample of 197 UWI undergraduates. Explores perceptions of distributive fairness among different occupational groups, age categories, social classes, ethnic groups, and between the genders, are explore, and judgements of 'fair' and 'unfair' and 'equitable' and 'inequitable' relationships are operationally defined, consistent with central propositions of equity theory as it has evolved in recent decades....