Critical Social Psychology of Social Class

Authors: Day, Katy, Rickett, Bridgette, Woolhouse, Maxine

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  • Argues for the importance of considering social class in critical psychological enquiry
  • Provides a historical overview of psychological research and theorizing on social class and socio-economic status
  • Offers a useful resource for both academics and students studying class from a critical perspective
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This book argues for the importance of considering social class in critical psychological enquiry. It provides a historical overview of psychological research and theorising on social class and socio-economic status; before examining the ways in which psychology has contributed to the surveillance, regulation and pathologisation of the working-class ‘Other’. The authors highlight the cost of recent austerity policies on mental health and warn against the implementation of further austerity measures in the current climate

The book pulls together perspectives from critical social psychology, feminist psychology, sociology and other critical research which examines the discursive production of social class, classism and classed identities. The authors explore social class in educational and occupational settings, and analyse the intersections between class and other social categories such as gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality. Finally, they consider key issues in debates around social class in the broader social sciences, such as the limitations of approaches informed by poststructuralist theory. This book will be a useful resource for both academics and students studying class from a critical perspective.


About the authors

Katy Day is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is a feminist and critical social psychologist who has authored numerous publications examining discourses around social class and related issues such as austerity and worklessness, classed identities and intersections between gender and class. 

Bridgette Rickett is Head of Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK, and Past Chair of the British Psychological Society’s POWES Committee. She is a feminist social/organisational psychologist whose research focusses on critical social psychological explanations of social class, health in the workplace, embodied consumption and mothering and families.

Maxine Woolhouse is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK, with interests in feminist and critical perspectives in social psychology. Her research focuses on the gendered and classed dimensions of consumption and body management practices. She is a member of the British Psychological Society’s POWES Committee.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Social Class: What Is It and Why Does It Matter? (Katy Day)

    Pages 1-32

    Day, Katy (et al.)

  • Psychology and Social Class: The Working-Class as ‘Other’ (Bridgette Rickett)

    Pages 33-66

    Day, Katy (et al.)

  • Conceptualising Social Class: Towards a Critical Social Psychological Approach (Maxine Woolhouse)

    Pages 67-99

    Day, Katy (et al.)

  • Class Discourse and the Media (Katy Day)

    Pages 101-135

    Day, Katy (et al.)

  • Classed Identities: Submergence, Authenticity and Resistance (Bridgette Rickett)

    Pages 137-172

    Day, Katy (et al.)

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Social Psychology of Social Class
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55965-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55965-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55964-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 285
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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