Title

SPSSI and Poverty: Reflections at Seventy-Five

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

3-1-2011

Abstract

This article highlights efforts by theSociety for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)and its members to increase understanding of poverty and social class, and to propose policies to reduce economic inequities. Our review is based on writings about poverty and social class published inSPSSIjournals and newsletters, and other activities fromSPSSI's beginnings in 1936 to the present. Both strengths and shortcomings inSPSSI's economic justice record are noted. Special attention is given to the 1930s and the 1960s-1970s, periods in which poverty was a salient topic in the United States.SPSSI's role in advocating for institutional change within the American Psychological Association is also considered. We close with a "wish list" forSPSSI's next 75 years. © 2011 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Publication Title

Journal of Social Issues

Volume

67

Issue

1

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