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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Aggressiveness, Classism, Racism, Marginality, Social, Cross-cultural counseling, Social work with minorities, Microaggression, Class-based microaggressions, Relational-cultural theory, Liberation psychology


This theoretical thesis was undertaken to explore and describe the field of microaggression research, bring attention to the existence of class-based microaggressions, and consider contemporary theoretical approaches to research and practice that could be applied to the field of social work in the context of class-based oppression. Relational-cultural theory and liberation psychology were examined for their relevance to social work's role in addressing classbased microaggressions in practice and research. Literature was reviewed in areas related to racial and ethnic microaggressions, gender microaggressions, sexual orientation microaggressions, class-based microaggressions, and the theoretical frameworks of relationalcultural theory and liberation psychology. Through exploring these topics and their relation to social work's professional Code of Ethics, social workers are challenged to consider their profession's role in helping people in need, addressing social problems, challenging social injustice, and valuing the inherent dignity and worth of the person in their practice and research.




iii, 69 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-69)