Critical Community Psychology

ISBN-10: 1405188847

ISBN-13: 9781405188845

Edition: 2011

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List price: $41.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 394
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

All the authors are members of the largest community psychology team in Europe, practising and researching community psychology and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in community psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Mark Burton#60;/b#62;, Visiting Professor of Health and Disability at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of the Manchester Learning Disability Partnership: I have a background in both psychological research and clinical psychology, and have worked for the last 20 years in services for intellectually disabled people as a development manager, using a community psychological approach to inform this work, which is carried out by myself and by colleagues with both psychological and non-psychological backgrounds. I have also participated in the work of a variety of non governmental organisations and campaigning groups. I have taught courses on social theory and psychological practice, organisational and social change, action research and aspects of community clinical psychology both at postgraduate level and outside the University context.#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Paul Duckett#60;/b#62;, Senior Lecturer, is a community psychologist who works in the fields of disability, mental health and unemployment. I work alongside disabled people including people with mental health difficulties and people with learning difficulties. I am interested in exploring ways of promoting student mental health and promoting the integration of a social justice perspective in psychological teaching, research and practice. In addition I have published in the areas of criminal (in)justice, children's wellbeing and social critiques of war.#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Carolyn Kagan#60;/b#62;, Professor of Community Social Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University: I am a community psychologist with a background in social psychology, counselling psychology and social work. I am a founding co-editor of the international journal, Community, Work and Family (published by CARFAX, now Taylor and Francis). I have worked for 25 years on projects in the community, with disabled people, their families and services and with people living in poverty. Much of my work has been action oriented, with projects extending over several years, and I have been involved with the establishment of new projects and new forms of community organisation. I teach Community psychology to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and have developed the first UK Masters programme in Community Psychology. I have supervised and examined MSc and PhD theses in community psychology in the UK and Australia. I convened and chaired the 1999 UK Community Psychology Conference in January 1999 and am a regular contributor to UK and European community psychology conferences.#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Rebecca Lawthom#60;/b#62;, Principal Lecturer. My research interests centre on gender and feminism, particularly in workplace settings. I am also interested in working with other non dominant groups, including disabled people, and in relation to social inclusion approaches. Ihave a particular interest in the concept of 'communities of practice' and am currently exploring its utility in relation to narrative work and to different forms of creativity.#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;br#62;#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Asiya Siddiquee#60;/b#62;, Lecturer. I am a community psychologist with a particular interest in critical perspectives on established forms of both quantitative and qualitative research. My recent doctoral work was 'A Community Psychology Approach to Investigating the Impact of the Internet', and as part of this I examined the impact of the Internet on refugee women, ethnic minorities, community development workers and the health sectorI am currently applying action research processes to explore issues such as marginalisation and the use of the digital techno

Introduction
Critical community psychology in Manchester
Why Manchester?
Learning through action and action through learning
Action learning
Action research
Language, discourse and representation
What do we mean by 'critical'?
Orientation to the book
Think !
What is critical community psychology?
The nature and origins of community psychology
Definitions
The emergence of community psychology in different parts of the world
Key themes in critical community psychology
Core values underpinning a critical community psychology
Social justice
Stewardship
Community
Conclusion
Core elements of a critical community psychology
Elements of critical community psychology
The ecological metaphor
The systems perspective
Multiple levels of analysis
The person-in-context
Working together
Prefigurative action
Core principles underlying a critical community psychology
Diversity
Innovation
Liberation
Commitment
Critical reflection
Humility
Conclusions
The contested nature of community
What is community?
Theory descriptions of community
Dimensions of community: Sentiment, social structure and space
Sentiment
Space
Social structure
Multi-dimensional communities
Social exclusion
Conclusions
Community as social ties
Social ties
Affection
Interdependence
Coercion
Theory prescriptions for community
Ties of affection and co-operation: Community as social capital
Ties of coercion: Community as ghetto
Social boundaries: benign or benevolent?
Community and social policy
Nature of participation
Conclusion
Critical disruption of Think!
Critically disrupting the challenge to individualism
Critically disrupting our history of community psychology
Resources for Part I
Act!
Problem definition
Social issues
Need
Positionality and problem definition
Whose need?
Getting to know the community
Community audit
Community profiling
Use of statistics
Observation
Community walks
Making contact and gaining entry in the community
Problem situations as human systems
Stakeholders and stakeholder analyses
Conclusion
Action planning
Decision making
Stakeholder analysis and action planning
Boundary critique: towards value-based decision making
Fourth generation evaluation
Participatory appraisal of needs and development of action
Strengtlis, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Force field analysis
Option appraisal
Compromise
Visioning
Mixing methods
Complex decision making: Polarity management
Action 1: Furtherance of critical consciousness and creation of new forms of social settings
Action for change
Strategies of critical community psychological action
Furtherance of critical consciousness (conscientisation)
Problematisation
Experiential learning
'Capacitation'
Deideologisation
Creation of new forms of social relations and settings
Multi-dimensional nature of social situations
Behaviour settings
New or alternative social settings
The radical nature of alternative social settings
Action 2: Development of alliances, and accompaniment, advocacy and analysis of policy
Making links, the development of alliances and counter systems
Processes of making links and working together
Communities of interest or communities of practice
Alliances and coalitions
Partnerships
Working at the ecological edge
Alliances, new social settings and connecting with social movements
Accompaniment, advocacy and analysis of policy
Accompaniment
Advocacy
Analysis of policy
Conclusions
Critical disruption of Act!
Chronic uncertainty
Work ethic
Resources for Part II
Reflect
Evaluation
Purpose of evaluation
Principles of evaluation
Evaluation frameworks
Politics of evaluation
What is to be evaluated?
"Theory of change' perspectives on evaluation
Realistic or realist perspectives on evaluation
Capacity building for evaluation
Participation and evaluation
Participation and empowerment in evaluation
Resistance to involvement as a barrier to participation in evaluation
Skills for evaluation
Conclusions
Change, influence and power
The nature of social change
Incremental or radical change
Linear and non-linear change
Stage approaches to change
Strategic change
Resistance to change
Action research as change
Social movements, power and ideology
Social influence
Social change tactics
Social power, powerlessness and empowerment
Taxonomy of power
The social structure of social power
Power analysis
Roles, skills and reflections on learning for community psychologists
Roles for facilitating change
Facilitation roles
Educational roles
Representational roles
Technical roles
Skills for facilitating change
Interpersonal communication skills
Social problem solving skills
Organisation skills
Research skills
The context of community psychological action
Reflexivity as part of practice
Constraints on working as a community psychologist and spaces for resistance
Ethical issues
Risk
Power (again)
Prefigurative learning
The case for and against community psychology
Community psychology as oppression or liberation
Conclusion
Critical disruption of Reflect!
Evaluation and the audit culture
Auditing skills
Critical disruption of critical reflection
Resources for Part III
Critical disruption: Does critical community psychology have an adequate praxis?
A new context: extreme and globalised oppression
Rethinking the amelioration-transformation distinction
References
Index
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