Community Psychology: In Pursuit of Liberation and Well-being

Paperback | March 15, 2010

byGeoffrey Nelson, Isaac Prilleltensky

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The second edition of this highly successful introductory textbook 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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The second edition of this highly successful introductory textbook 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 ...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:596 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.54 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230219950

ISBN - 13:9780230219953

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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