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A Kaupapa Māori conceptualization and efforts to address the needs of the growing precariat in Aotearoa New Zealand

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British Journal of Social Psychology, 62, 39-55

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This article explores a Kaupapa Māori approach within social psychology to understand and address the socio-economic and cultural insecurities faced by the precariat, with a particular focus on the Māori population in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It utilises insights from social class and Assemblage Theorising to extend understanding and support for the precariat, an emergent social class disproportionately affecting Māori. The paper highlights the efforts to advocate for a Māori cultural shift within the welfare system towards more humane and effective support. It also discusses the importance of disciplinary pluralism and the inclusion of Indigenous psychologies in decolonizing social psychology. Through participative action research and collective learning, the authors emphasise collaborative research with communities to document social issues and develop effective responses. The article underscores the need for social psychologists to engage in public deliberations and enhance supports for those living with socio-economic-cultural insecurities.

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