Race and class: implications, meanings and their relevance to the clinical setting
Abstract Inequalities persist in almost every arena of British society. It is evident in employment, health provision, education and in the political arena. Both race and class are associated with indignities that are inter-generationally transmitted and framed in terms of status, occupation and income, to values and identity.
This paper analysis's how race and class interact and examines how those inequalities are supported by racist and classist attitudes and behaviours. After the 2016 referendum in Britain on leaving or living within the European Union there has been a revival of the debate on race and class. This debate has focused principally on the white working class and on their cultural or social exclusion. The dialogue around racism has concentrated on blackness and dehumanisation. Currently the differing psychoanalytic theorising on race and class is confusing. This paper aims to contribute towards clarifying a psychoanalytic understanding of those issues from an attachment informed perspective. Charles Brown will make use of clinical material to show how these issues might present themselves in the consulting room and how they may be understood.
Charles Brown is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. He trained at The Guild of Psychotherapists, London. He is a specialist addictions therapist and an experienced group facilitator. Charles works across the public and voluntary sector.