Some may find it inspiring to read about how the authors have taken psychological ideas and implemented them into real-world interventions...the authors have convincingly shown that their programs are well thought out and are backed by years of hard work with many individuals in developing countries. * PsycCRITIQUES * Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development, by Susan Pick and Jenna Sirkin, gives a great psychological contribution, especially for being generated in the Latin American scenario. Context, empowerment, choices, freedom and development abound. More than teaching us about culture and survival, it shows the ecological context of real people, their testimonies and choices. Empowerment and personal agency are regarded as manners of
enhancing opportunities and reducing barriers to development. The answer to the everyday challenge of those people is simply: 'I want to, I can,' and it comes out as a brave and hopeful clamour!"
- Silvia Koller, Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul The book is rich in theories but it is even wealthier in experience. The concepts developed by Pick and Sirkin and their methodology are candidly subversive and may be very powerful tools for social change. Given the attention received by Sen's new book, The Idea of Justice, this is a timely publication and a useful practical complementary exercise."
- Rudolf Hommes, Former Colombian Finance Minister Psychology and developmental economics can make a difference, as Susan Pick and Jenna Sirkin demonstrate convincingly in this book. They describe a framework for sustainable development that is applicable from health education to entrepreneurship. The common theme is that people can take their life in their hands. The authors describe an amazingly rich variety of projects with often impressive outcomes among marginalized communities. This inspiring and insightful
book is highly recommended."
- A.J.R. van de Vijver, Professor of Psychology, Tilburg Universityshow more