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ERIC Number: ED053415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 10
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Reactions of Idealists and Pragmatists to Expectancy Disconfirmation: Who Will Change Society?
Dunlap, Sally M.
A distinction is drawn between two value systems: (1) idealistic, in which societal ideals and values are accepted as literal, moral values; and (2) pragmatic, in which values are utilitarian and norms are seen as probablistic rather than prescriptive. It was hypothesized that when expectations of fairness are disconfirmed, persons holding idealistic values would be more dissatisfied and more willing to take action to restore justice than would persons holding pragmatic values. In the experiment described, the Ss, after witnessing a judge favor his friend in a contest, thereby disconfirming expectations of the judge's fairness, reacted as hypothesized. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark.