Community Psychology Covers Concepts That Range from Those That Derive from the Radical Liberatory Approaches to the Subject to Those from Applied Social Psychology

Community Psychology Covers Concepts That Range from Those That Derive from the Radical Liberatory Approaches to the Subject to Those from Applied Social Psychology

DUBLIN, Ireland — Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c80111) has announced the addition of “Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus” to their offering.

Community psychology is an exciting, controversial and challenging field within psychology. In this engaging and lively book, internationally renowned community psychologist Jim Orford discusses the latest debates, research and practices within this growing field.

Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus covers concepts and practices that range from those that derive from the more radical critical and liberatory approaches to the subject to those from health and applied social psychology. The book engages with a number of controversies such as conflicting ideas about appropriate sources of knowledge, what is meant by social position and its relationship with health, and the perceived value to the field of the concept of social capital. Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus offers readers a path through such controversies and seeks to reconcile the different approaches within the field.

Based on international qualitative and quantitative research, and illustrated with practical examples of community psychology work, this book is an essential read for both novice and experienced community psychologists, health and social psychologists and all those studying psychology at post-graduate level.

Authors bio:

Professor Jim Orford, University of Birmingham, UK

About the Author

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART I THE BACKGROUND TO COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR

1. Challenging Psychology Over its Neglect of the Social

The individualism of psychology

The new public health psychology

Critical psychology

2 Community Psychology’s Core Values: Empowerment, Liberation and

Social Justice

Empowerment

Social constructionism and its critics

Liberation psychology

Social justice as a core value

3 The Debate over Knowledge in Community Psychology

Dissatisfaction with existing research methods

Support for qualitative research

Participatory and action research

Negotiating the community psychology researcher’s role

What kind of science is community psychology?

PART II UNDERSTANDING INEQUALITY AND ITS EFFECTS ON HEALTH

4 Social Position and Inequalities in Health

The accumulation of evidence that health is related to social position

Social class’: complexities and controversies

Inequality of income distribution

Psychosocial versus material explanations

5 Place and its Influence on Health and Well-being

Evidence for the influence of area on health and well-being

How neighbourhoods may (fail to) meet local health needs

6 Two Concepts for Understanding Inequalities by Position and Place

Social capital

Sense of community

PART III THE EXPERIENCE OF DISEMPOWERMENT: SEVEN EXAMPLES

7 Disempowerment by War, Immigration, Homelessness or Unemployment

Communities caught up in war and its consequences

Groups of people adjusting to a new country

Experiencing homelessness

The unemployed and the under-employed

8 Disempowered Because of Income, Gender, or Sexual Orientation

The poor and socially excluded

Women

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people

PART IV COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY ACTION: FROM SUPPORT TO LIBERATION

9 Strengthening Social Support for Members of Disempowered Groups

10 Social Action and Innovation

11 Empowering Communities

12 Participation and Liberation

Finale – Consensus and Challenge

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