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date: 11 May 2021

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Building on the contributions of previous reviews of social class in career development and vocational psychology, the purpose of this chapter is to provide a thorough and critical analysis of salient theoretical approaches and research constructs that will further advance the field's growing but limited knowledge base concerning social class. More specifically, this chapter focuses on the conceptual value and applied utility of a psychology of working approach to understanding issues of social class. It also addresses widely researched constructs found in the literature (aspirations-expectations gap, career maturity, career adaptability) that have special relevance to social class. Grounded in a social justice perspective, the implications for future research, training, and practice are discussed.

Keywords: career development, social class, vocational psychology

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