1st Edition

The Behavior of Social Justice Applying Behavior Analysis to Understand and Challenge Injustice

    416 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    416 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This seminal work utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to understand people’s actions. It provides a framework for the study of social injustices that moves beyond just condemning others for their oppressive behaviors, outlining solutions that help work towards a more socially just society.

    Divided across three main sections, the book outlines the basic principles of applied behavior analysis, considers key tenets of social justice work, and examines how social justice work can be carried out on an individual and a wider institutional level. The first section focuses on the principles of behavior and how it expounds on the causes, reasons, and purposes behind one’s actions. The subsequent sections pay particular attention to how prejudice, stereotypes, and bias play out in society, and how prejudices and biases make us more likely to participate in social injustices. The third section provides a behavioral description of various -isms and discusses the difference between -isms and individual behaviors, before exploring common -isms. The book concludes with an analysis of the reasons behind their persistence, followed by solutions that can be embraced by people.

    Packed with case studies and reflective questions, The Behavior of Social Justice is an essential reading for students and scholars of behavioral sciences, psychology, sociology and education, as well as academics and researchers interested in the study of social justice.


    Part I: Let’s Talk Behavior
    Introduction to Part I
    01: What Science Believes
    02: What is ABA?
    03: Why Things Go Together
    04: What is Behavior?
    05: The ABC’s of Behavior
    06: Why We Do What We Do
    07: Sometimes I Do, Sometimes I Don’t
    08: Them, But Not Me
    09: You Said It, But Didn’t Do It
    10: Ready for Change
    11: People Operate in Systems
    12: The Behavior of Culture

    Part II: Social Justice with Individuals
    Introduction to Part II
    13: Diversity and Inclusion
    14: Equity and Access
    15: Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Discrimination
    16: Bias
    17: Microaggressions
    18: Privilege

    Part III: Social Justice with Institutions
    Introduction to Part III
    19: What is an -ism?
    20: Classism
    21: Racism
    22: Sexism and Genderism
    23: Heterosexism
    24: Ethnocentrism
    25: Ableism

    Part IV: Making Change
    Introduction to Part IV
    26: Conclusion: Putting it Together



    Natalie Parks is the program director of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at Saint Louis University, USA. She has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis for over 25 years. She is currently sole or co-owner of four businesses, all dedicated to extending ABA and fighting for social justice. 

    Francesca Barbieri first started her career as a special education teacher. In graduate school, she explored and developed a passion for DEI and training and development. She is currently working with children with disabilities as a school behavior analyst. 

    Ryan Sain is an assistant professor at Mary Baldwin University, USA, where he teaches within the applied behavior analysis program. He earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from Washington State University and has been working in many sectors related to ABA since.

    Shawn Thomas Capell, is the Owner of Covenant 15:16 LLC, an agency with the mission to ensure all families, regardless of socioeconomic status receive the highest quality care possible. He holds a Master of Science degree in psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

    Beverly Kirby, works as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin University and West Virginia University, USA. She is one of the first Black women to sell her ABA business. Beverly currently co-owns additional businesses focused on extending ABA into other fields.