Community Psychology

Community Psychology : In Pursuit of Liberation and Well-being

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In its broadest sense, community psychology studies the individual's relationships to their community and to wider society. Sitting at the junction between social and clinical psychology, and heavily influenced by activist traditions in political science, sociology and social work, this powerfully written book delivers a comprehensive introduction to the definition and aims of this justice-orientated field of psychology. Editors Nelson and Prilleltensky cover a broad range of the critical perspectives and fundamental values that define the aims of community psychology, highlighting the psychosocial praxis that these have produced and the key political and societal ills that they aim to prevent. Written with a global perspective, this book exhibits internationally authored chapters as well as in-text commentators and cross-cultural case studies. This book is a key guide to understanding how community psychologists function to resolve structural injustice and bring about transformative change to the socio-economic issues of our time such as homelessness, mental health, racism, discrimination and marginalisation.

This text can be used as an essential guide for undergraduate students beginning courses in Community Psychology as it presents a thorough history of the field, a rigorous breakdown of the various socio-economic issues at the heart of community psychology's focus, as well as a critical analysis of methods of intervention and research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 596 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 35.56mm | 973g
  • Red Globe Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2010
  • 596 p.
  • 0230219950
  • 9780230219953
  • 93,580

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The second edition of this introductory textbook, Community Psychology, has been updated and expanded to reflect how changes within society have led to developments across the field.
The authors offer a fascinating introduction for students, setting out the principles of community psychology as they consider how its roots have helped to shape the goals of liberation and well-being. Following this, the authors look closely at the conceptual, interventional and research tools of community psychology and how they can be applied in different contexts, the difficulties faced and practical ways to help achieve social justice.
Featuring a wide range of critical perspectives, international examples, exercises and additional online resources, this textbook will encourage students to think more critically about the role of psychology in society and about how community psychology can aid in the liberation of oppressed groups to promote social justice and well-being.
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Table of contents

PART I: CONTEXT AND OVERVIEW.- Community Psychology: Journeys in the Global Context .- The Project of Community Psychology: Issues, Values and Tools for Liberation and Well-Being.- PART II: VALUES, PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTUAL TOOLS.- Values for Community Psychology.- Ecology, Prevention and Promotion .- Community and Power.- Commitment, Accountability and Inclusion.- PART III: TOOLS FOR ACTION.- An Overview of Community Psychology Interventions.- Social Interventions.- Organizational and Community Interventions.- Small Group and Individual Interventions.- PART IV: TOOLS FOR RESEARCH.- The Foundations of Community Research .- Community Research Methods: Post-positivist and Social Constructivist Paradigms.- Community Research Methods: Transformative Paradigm.- PART V: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: ADDRESSING THE ISSUES.- Marginalisation; C.Kagan & M.Burton.- Globalisation, Poverty and Social Justice; T.Sloan.- Colonization and Racism; M.Glover, P.Dudgeon & I.Huygens.- Immigration and Adaptation: Confronting the Challenges of Cultural Diversity; C.Sonn & A.Fisher.- Gender, Power and Community Psychology; H. Gridley and C.Turner.- A Journey Towards Liberation: Confronting Heterosexism and the Oppression of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People; G. Harper.- Ableism; G. White .- Creating New Possibilities for Promoting Liberation, Well-being and Recovery; B. Kloos .- Disadvantaged Children and Families; L. Peirson.- Community Psychology, the Natural Environment, and Global Climate Change; M. Riemer .- PART VI: LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE .- Between Person and Society: Community Psychology's Voyage into Complexity; M. Montero.
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'This definitive introduction should be a key text for any course in the field of community psychology as well as relevant to those interested in action research, community development and social interventions for psychological well-being. It balances theoretical insights with practical guidelines which will appeal to students and tutors alike.' - Dr Katherine Johnson, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton, UK
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About Geoffrey Nelson

GEOFFREY NELSON is Professor of Psychology and faculty member in the Community Psychology programme at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He served as the senior editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health and is the author of five other books related to community psychology.

ISAAC PRILLELTENSKY is Dean of the School of Education at the University of Miami, USA. He previously directed the Ph.D. programme in Community Research and Action at Vanderbilt University and has also taught community psychology in Australia and Canada. He is the author or co-editor of six other books related to community psychology.
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