This accessible textbook draws upon progressions in academic, political and global arenas, to provide a comprehensive overview of practical issues in psychological work across a diverse range of community settings.
Interest in community psychology, and its potential as a distinctive approach, is growing and evolving in parallel with societal and policy changes. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition covers crucial issues including decolonial approaches, migration, social justice, and the environmental crisis. It has a new chapter on archive research, working with data, policy analysis and development, to reflect the continuously developing global nature of community psychology. Key features include:
Aiming to provide readers with not only the theories, values and principles of community psychology, but also with the practical guidance that will underpin their community psychological work, this is the ideal resource for any student of community, social, and clinical psychology, social work, community practice, and people working in community-based professions and applied settings.
‘This is a wonderful, exciting book. In this time of austerity, it is easy to despair, but this book offers lots of examples of how to get involved in working with others to create a better world. It moves beyond theory to describe different forms of collective action and inspires hope about social change. Another world, a better world is possible but action without reflection can threaten progress. This book explores the underlying theories, values and different forms of social action in a lucid and stimulating format.’ - Michael Murray, Emeritus Professor of Social & Health Psychology, Keele University, UK.
'The second edition of this ground-breaking volume maintains the excellent approach of the first volume; it is honest, self-reflective and comprehensive in describing and elaborating this vastly important approach to understanding behaviour, institutions, societies and processes of change. It has been updated with modern cases and developments on the global stage and goes into detail of how change can be achieved without simply trying to shout louder than others.
As young people become increasingly aware of their rights and of the crucial importance of altering the direction of travel if their futures are to be more secure than they currently appear, so increasing numbers of university courses (and not just Psychology degrees) will need to offer modules that provide the sort of thoughtful and lucid analyses outlined in this volume. This will make an excellent source book for such modules.' - Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology, University of Southampton, UK
PART I: THINK!
PART II: ACT!
PART III: REFLECT!