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date: 18 May 2021

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The psychology-of-working perspective (Blustein, 2006) outlines an agenda that promotes social and economic justice. As part of this agenda, Blustein argues for an integrative approach to address the problems associated with work, social class, and poverty. The current chapter describes ways in which the psychology-of-working perspective can be used as the framework to address issues that influence access to resources that foster greater volition for work among individuals and families living in poverty. In this chapter, I also outline some of the different interventions that can address these issues and discuss how these interventions promote the tenets of economic justice and social justice espoused in the psychology-of-working perspective. The chapter includes (1) a discussion of the connection among working, wages, and poverty; (2) an overview of the historical and contemporary perspectives of the interface between vocational psychology/career counseling and poverty eradication efforts; and (3) implications that the psychology-of-work paradigm has for public policy efforts.

Keywords: poverty, working poor, psychology of working, social class

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