Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change

Hardcover | March 26, 2010

EditorMark S. Aber, Kenneth I. Maton, Edward Seidman

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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change combines a focus on understanding social settings as loci for empowering intervention with a focus on understanding and giving voice to citizens. The volume illuminates advances in theory and method relevant to changing a broad spectrum ofsocial settings (including programs, organizations, institutions, communities and social policy) from a strengths-based perspective. Three cross-cutting concepts - a strengths-based approach to research and social action, empowerment, and narrative research methods - serve as integrating andfoundational themes. Part I takes up issues of setting processes and outcomes of influence, research methods, and implications for setting and community change efforts and social policy. Questions addressed in Part I include: What is the nature of current and future conceptualizations of social settings? What are theactionable features in social settings? How can settings that place a premium on empowerment and promotion be created or restructured? What are the organizational characteristics of empowering community settings? What mechanisms mediate the impact of these characteristics on individual well-being? Part II examines how action scientists have sought to understand and amplify the voices of those individuals and communities who serve as the focus of their research and social change actions. Part II authors explore the role of institutional beliefs, community narratives, and personal stories inrecovery from serious mental illness; trace the cultural contours of "mental health" among the Gros Ventres of the Fort Belknap Indian reservation; examine youth voice in the juvenile justice system, illuminating the loss of focus on individualized justice and accountability to youth; and, outlineways in which community narrative can enrich culturally anchored work in prevention and public policy. Finally, chapters in Part III seek to situate the rest of the volume's chapters in the context of decades of work on empowering settings, giving voice and social change.

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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change combines a focus on understanding social settings as loci for empowering intervention with a focus on understanding and giving voice to citizens. The volume illuminates advances in theory and method relevant to changing a broad spectrum ofsocial settings (including programs, organization...

Mark S. Aber is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and past Faculty Fellow at the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on collaborative community-based intervention, contextual influences on individuals' understanding of race, racial equit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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James G. Kelly: PrefaceKenneth I. Maton, Edward Seidman, and Mark S. Aber: Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change: An IntroductionEdward Seidman and Vivian Tseng: Changing Social Settings: A Framework for ActionKenneth I. Maton and Anne E. Brodsky: Empowering Community Settings: Theory, Research and ActionReed W. Larson and Rachel M. Angus: Pursuing Paradox: The Role of Adults in Creating Empowering Settings for YouthEdison J. Trickett: Settings and EmpowermentDeborah Salem: Voices from the Ground Up: The Use of Narrative in Understanding Recovery from Serious Mental IllnessJoseph P. Gone: "I came to tell you of my life": Narrative expositions of "mental health" in an American Indian communityN. Dickon Reppucci: Tales of Terror from Juvenile Justice and EducationHirokazu Yoshikawa and Maria A. Ramos Olazagasti: The Neglected Role of Community Narratives in Culturally Anchored Prevention and Public PolicyEric Stewart: On Voice: Difference, Power, ChangeIrma Serrano-Garcia: Contradictions and Consistencies: Rappaport's Contributions to Community Psychology (1968-2007)Julian Rappaport: Searching for OZ: Empowerment, Crossing Boundaries, and Telling Our Story