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Bien-être subjectif et sentiment de justice sociale

Abstract : It is now commonly accepted that the study of well-being must incorporate a measure of life satisfaction. This satisfaction is studied here using a question posed in a survey conducted in France in 2009 on the perception of inequality and feelings of justice. Subjective well-being then appears to be influenced by income, professional life-course, social mobility and relative deprivation or more broadly comparisons with others, as well as social and emotional relationships. But there is also a strong correlation with feelings about justice of the society as a whole. This link was not given in advance, as in one case it is a matter of judgment about one’s own personal life and in the other, on society as a whole. However, it may be explained by theories of justice and in particular that of Rawls. It is in any case an explanatory dimension which cannot be reduced to others, even to the mere perception of inequality. It would therefore be advisable for a better understanding of subjective well-being to take into account this relationship with feelings of social justice besides all indicators conventionally used.
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Michel Forse, Maxime Parodi. Bien-être subjectif et sentiment de justice sociale. Année Sociologique, Presses Universitaires de France, 2014, 64 (2), pp.359 - 388. ⟨10.3917/anso.142.0359⟩. ⟨hal-03460630⟩

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