Social class is a powerful contributor to physical, social, and mental well-being. Psychology and Economic Injustice: Personal, Professional, and Political Intersections, which is part of a series on critical social issues addressed by psychologists empirically, politically, and in clinical practice, blends the personal experiences of feminist psychologists with empirical data. It argues persuasively for examining the relationship between economic disparity and gender, and for the need to propose and support policies to ensure positive social change.

Authors Bernice Lott and Heather E. Bullock present narratives of their experiences as psychologists who grew up in working class and low-income families. They trace the relationship between their own development as feminist psychologists and their concern with social and economic justice. Drawing from diverse sources, they present data on social class and poverty, and tie these to social psychology and feminist perspectives. Empirical literature is described to illustrate the injustices faced by families in what is described as similar to racism in America—classism.

The volume ends with recommendations for policy, education, further research, and citizen advocacy, while moving from psychology to state and federal issues. Researchers and practitioners in psychology, sociology, social work, or education, with an interest in social problems, gender issues, and multiculturalism, will find this to be a noteworthy contribution to the field.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

  1. Introduction
  2. Growing Up Poor and Middle Class: Heather Bullock's Story
  3. Working-Class Origins and Class-Conscious Awakening: Bernice Lott's Story
  4. Psychology, Social Class, and Resources for Human Welfare
  5. The Psychology and Politics of Class Warfare
  6. Professional Activism for Social Change and Economic Justice



Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Reviews & Awards
  • Distinguished Publication Award, Association for Women in Psychology

[Psychology and Economic Injustice] succeeds in reaching its stated goal: to tell readers not only what we know about critical concerns facing low-income individuals and families, but also what we need to do about these issues. It is an excellent introduction to the intersection of class and the psyche.
—New England Psychologist