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Social Class, Classism, and Social Justice

Rebecca L. Toporek

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0002

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Social Class, Classism, and Social Justice

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A central challenge to counseling and psychology professionals committed to social justice is an examination of intent, motivation, and philosophy as well as broad-based skills beyond individual therapy and traditional research methods. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the relationship between social class and social justice as a practice and advocacy path for helping professionals. To this end, this chapter will discuss the connection and conflict between social justice, social class, and other cultural identity statuses. The role of classism and privilege in the practice of counseling and psychology will be highlighted. The chapter includes a focused discussion of vocational counseling and career counseling given that work and employment are two of the most significant venues through which individuals experience inequity and hope for greater access to resources.

Keywords: social class; social justice; vocational counseling; career counseling; employment; advocacy; classism; privilege

Article.  10021 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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