Power And Identity In The Struggle For Social Justice: Reflections On Community Psychology Practice by Sandy LazarusPower And Identity In The Struggle For Social Justice: Reflections On Community Psychology Practice by Sandy Lazarus

Power And Identity In The Struggle For Social Justice: Reflections On Community Psychology Practice

bySandy Lazarus

Hardcover | December 12, 2018

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This compelling example of auto-ethnography follows the journey of a psychologist pursuing her career in apartheid-era South Africa-and reappraising her work and her worldview in the post-apartheid years. The author describes her development of a human rights perspective, rooted in an understanding of power dynamics in contexts of oppression, privilege and inequality, as it evolved from theory to real-life practice in academia and the community. Key themes include embedding core principles of social justice, and of learning and teaching, in community practice and policy work, and maximizing community action and participation in participatory action research. And in addition to her recommendations for ethical practice and professional development, the author's self-reflexive presentation models necessary steps for readers to take in building their own careers.

Among the topics covered:

  • Self-reflections on power relations in community practice.
  • Learning about the decolonial lens.
  • Empowerment as transformative practice.         
  • Policy work during post-apartheid years.
  • Developing teaching and learning theories and practices.

Power and Identity in the Struggle for Social Justicewill act as both an interesting and a valuable resource for people working or planning to work with people in various community contexts. This includes psychologists who practice community psychology, social workers, and other community practitioners, particularly in social development, health, and education settings.

Sandy Lazarus is currently an independent contractor (senior specialist scientist) at the South African Medical Research Council/University of South Africa's Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit in Cape Town, as well as a professor at the University of the Western Cape, and an extraordinaire professor at the University of South Afr...
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Title:Power And Identity In The Struggle For Social Justice: Reflections On Community Psychology PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:133 pagesPublished:December 12, 2018Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319999389

ISBN - 13:9783319999388

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Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Key Themes in the Professional Practice of a Community Psychologist
2. A Brief Overview of Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa
3. Becoming a Psychologist: Stories and Engagement in Higher Education
4. Community Psychology: Implications for Training and Practice
5. Paradigms in Community Psychology.
6. Power, Empowerment, and the Challenge of Agency
7. Towards Compassion and Social Justice
8. Lessons, Principles, and the Way Forward for Community Psychology