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date: 15 August 2020

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In a capitalist society, understanding social class as a social construction is important for situating disability and rehabilitation, and the fields of rehabilitation counseling and psychology need to consider the multidimensional space in which social class is economically and culturally constructed. This chapter discusses the complexities of social class and disability, beginning with the concept of capital, then looking at the economic and cultural realities associated with social class and disability. Clearly, rehabilitation counselors and psychologists need to understand both the economic and cultural constructions of social class in relation to rehabilitation and disability. Finally, while the field of rehabilitation has identified socioeconomic status as an important variable, there is a need for more research on social class as a cultural construction.

Keywords: disability, rehabilitation, capital, social class

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