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Critical Community Psychology: Critical Action and Social Change (BPS Textbooks in Psychology) Paperback – 8 Apr 2011
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From the Author
The book can be seen as a synthesis of the 'Manchester approach' to Community Psychology and we believe it is at once
more theoretical and more practical than previous CP texts.
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"At last, an exciting new textbook on community psychology that is informed by contemporary debates within critical psychology. It provides a refreshing and well-written overview of both theoretical and practical issues around psychological work in a range of community settings. Filled with examples and reflections on practice drawn from years of experience, the book is a modern handbook for community scholar-activists." Michael Murray, Professor of Social & Health Psychology, Keele University
"Psychology - and psychologists - are all too often disengaged from the very real challenges facing modern societies. This book provides a timely and powerful nudge to contribute our various skills and approaches to improve and enhance local and global communities. It deserves to be widely read by students and professionals alike." Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology, University of Southampton
"This important new book encapsulates an enormous range of helpful concepts and practical tools within the field of community psychology that link local action with more ambitious social and political change. It draws on a wealth of shared experience in critical community psychology praxis and is an essential resource for all community based professionals working with excluded or marginalised communities." Steve Melluish, University of Leicester
Community psychology is continuously developing in various parts of the world. Interest in community psychology, and its potential as a distinct approach, is growing and evolving in parallel with social development, changes in welfare and governmental priorities.
Critical Community Psychology is the work of a group of academic community psychologists with many years of experience working, teaching and thinking together. They have developed a clear and effective method for bringing together the theory and practice of community psychology, which has become firmly grounded in time and place. This book aims to provide students of different community-based professions, working in a range of applied settings, with not only the theories, values and principles of community psychology, but also with the practical guidance that will underpin their community psychological work.
- Clear learning objectives, highlighting the theoretical content, research issues and practice dilemmas to be covered.
- Case examples of community psychology in action, including critical questions to encourage reflection and reflexivity on the part of the reader.
- Activity questions focusing on both theoretical and practical issues to be used as both class exercises and independent study.
- A distinctive approach that questions many of the assumptions and approaches of mainstream psychological approaches.
This book would be attractive to undergraduate and postgraduate students and practitioners of community psychology world-wide, as well as students and practitioners of other forms of applied or professional psychology and different community practices. Additional resources for instructors are available at www.wiley.com/college/kaganSee all Product description
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This is an excellent book. It is supported by the British Psychological Society, I consider the various professions of applied psychology would benefit significantly from the book. It is both scholarly and rooted in practice. The book locates psychology within the contexts of power and politics, something that is so often missing in psychological text books. The book successfully shifts from the individual focus of most psychological texts to an appreciation of contextual settings including relational, societal and located within an impress of power. The three sections emphasise the overall structure of the book: thinking, acting and reflecting. The first section provides a comprehensive introduction to critical community psychology, for anyone wanting to understand critical community psychology, this section is an ideal starting point. The second section emphasises the implementation of critical community psychology. As a teacher of critical community psychology I am often faced with the understandable responses from students that the subject area provides insufficient examples of practice. This section directly addresses such concerns, providing many illustrations of practice. The final section, elaborates the importance of reflection in both the theory and practice of psychology. One of the most impressive elements throughout the book is encapsulated in the third section, the central contribution reflection makes to both the development of theories and practice. Throughout all three sections there are numerous prompts to, think, act and reflect, these are helpful and timely reminders to consider how and why we are working as applied psychologists. I think students will benefit greatly from this structure. Towards the end of each section there is a short chapter entitled critical disruption, this encourages the reader to maintain an inherent critique of ideas and practice.
The book is written by a group of academic and practicing psychologists from the Manchester area. Many of the examples of practice are drawn from local community initiatives. A book of this sort is well overdue and this book makes a very valuable contribution to a profession that is not always comfortable in locating its practice in the political context in which we are all immersed.
Bob Diamond, Clinical Psychologist