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Future Directions for Scholarship in Social Class and Classism in Psychology

William M. Liu

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/9780195398250.013.0033

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Future Directions for Scholarship in Social Class and Classism in Psychology

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Applied psychologists and counselors need to move beyond simple indices of social class to explore the intrapsychic and interpersonal dimensions related to this cultural construct. The affluent, middle-class, and the poor need to be better understood as social classed communities and individuals. Social class and classism are developed and experienced across the lifespan and psychological science should explore this dimension in connection with other cultural identities. Psychological and counseling scholarship is well suited to understand experiences such as upward mobility, greed, shifting social classes, and social class awareness, to name a few. Applying this knowledge to our helping profession will allow psychologists and counselors to stay multiculturally competent and relevant to a changing society.

Keywords: research; classism; affluence; upward-mobility bias; trauma; race; gender; identity; privilege

Article.  8882 words. 

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

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