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Theoretical integration in motivational science: System justification as one of many “autonomous motivational structures”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 April 2014

Aaron C. Kay
Affiliation:
Fuqua School of Business and Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708. aaron.kay@duke.eduhttps://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~ack23/index.html
John T. Jost
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY 10012. john.jost@nyu.eduhttp://www.psych.nyu.edu/jost/

Abstract

Recognizing that there is a multiplicity of motives – and that the accessibility and strength of each one varies chronically and temporarily – is essential if motivational scientists are to achieve genuine theoretical and empirical integration. We agree that system justification is a case of nonconscious goal pursuit and discuss implications of the fact that it conflicts with many other psychological goals.

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