Becoming Ecological

Becoming Ecological : An Expedition Into Community Psychology

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Community psychology emphasizes an ecological approach to mental health by focusing on the individual in the environment and the influences that shape and change behavior. Becoming Ecological brings together the work of James G. Kelly, one of the founders of community psychology and among the field's national leaders. The volume unites thirteen of Kelly's publications from 1968 to 2002 as well as four new essays on current issues in the field: the theory, research, practice, and education of community psychologists. Kelly introduces the work by offering connections between his personal experiences and the topics he chose to focus on throughout his long career. He begins each of the thirteen essays with commentary that sets the article in its original context so that the reader has a historical perspective on why certain ideas were salient at a particular time and how they are still timely today. Kelly concludes with a "summing up" section integrating the previously published articles with the four new essays. Throughout, he presents examples of how to plan and carry out research and practice in the community. The principles underlying the examples both enhance the relevance of the research and practice and increase the potential of community residents to use the findings for their own purposes. A compendium of classic statements of community psychology's philosophical and historical underpinnings, Becoming Ecological is a must-read for scholars and practitioners of community psychology and for those in the fields of public health, social work, community development, education, and applied anthropology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 26mm | 621.43g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 line drawings
  • 0195173791
  • 9780195173796
  • 1,985,688

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This volume achieves several important goals by gathering key writings of James G. Kelly and framing them in narratives of personal experience. It reminds us of the importance of biography, that intellectual and personal lived experience provides a valuable context for understanding scholarly contribution. Because of these characteristics, the volume challenges conventional wisdom about what psychology is and what it might be. * Lonnie R. Snowden, Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley * In Becoming Ecological, Jim Kelly takes the reader on a scholarly journey through the development of his most influential ideas. Along this journey, he shows readers that his personal experiences and his scholarship are closely linked, reflecting the principles he articulates in his ecological view of psychology. Kelly's ideas remain fresh, relevant, provocative, and compelling. I have no doubt that the pages of my copy of Becoming Ecological will rapidly become dog-eared. * Robin Lin Miller, Associate Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University *show more

About James G. Kelly

James G. Kelly is Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago and Lecturer, University of California at Davis. As one of the founders of the field of community psychology, he has emphasized the development of ecological principles that can enhance the design of community-based research and practice. These principles are based on empirical research and Kelly's lifelong immersion in practical community problems and issuesshow more

Table of contents

BEING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL: ROOTS AND VARIED SOILS FOR ECOLOGICAL INQUIRY; PART I: A SELECTION OF THIRTEEN ARTICLES WITH REFLECTION; PART II: FOUR CONTEMPORARY ESSAYS; A SUMMING UP: SOME FACETS OF INTERDEPENDENCE; AFTERWORD: REFLECTIONS ON THE JOURNEY, BY EDISON J. TRICKETTshow more

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