Abstract and Keywords
The world of work has been one of the key contexts for the manifestation of the pernicious impact of racism. Using a multicultural and psychology of working perspective, this chapter reviews literature across various disciplines on the work experiences of people of color to illuminate their career narratives. The effects of racism on work disparities, psychological and physical health, occupational health, job satisfaction, and other work-related outcomes among workers of color in the United States are explored. In addition, research that has applied cultural and race-based frameworks to understanding the effects of culture on work-related variables among people of color is reviewed. Finally, research with people of color that has addressed the psychology of work's three functions of work-work for survival and power, work for social connection, and work for self-determination-is highlighted. Recommendations regarding future vocational research, practice, and policies that can assist people of color in their journey toward seeking work that fulfills their individual needs are provided.
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