Economic Development and Mental Illness: Anticipating and Mitigating Disruptive Change, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Economic Development and Mental Illness

Anticipating and Mitigating Disruptive Change, 1st Edition

By Alf H. Walle


192 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Social, economic, and technological change disrupts many indigenous, ethnic, and rural communities even when it offers progress. Counter-productive impacts are not often adequately anticipated, and they emerge as catalysts for social and psychological dysfunction. This book addresses ways to anticipate, prevent, and, when necessary, provide mitigation strategies to communities and individuals who suffer as a result. The book, the first of its kind, embraces a broad overview of strategic and policy issues involving the relationship between social and economic change and dysfunction and enables the reader to better understand how to deal with potentially hurtful influences in proactive, equitable, and culturally sensitive ways. It provides an overview of the theoretical issues, the methods for anticipating the hurtful impacts of change, and techniques for mitigating the negative effects of change upon communities. With learning objectives and discussion questions included with each chapter, the book is ideally suited to students on courses on indigenous economic development, social innovation and responsible business, and culturally competent therapy. The book will also serve as a useful professional handbook for practitioners working with communities affected by these issues.

Table of Contents

Preface Part I: A Social Background 1. What is Anomie? 2. Methods for Coping with Anomie 3. Hurtful Impacts 4. Positive Responses 5. Affected Communities Part II: Psychological Perspectives 6. Standard Anomie Analysis 7. Implications of Cultural Trauma 8. Cultural Trauma Part III: Strategies of Mitigation 9. Client-Centered Therapy 10. Representative Tactics 11. A Final Word

About the Author

Alf Walle is Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He has worked widely with Native communities and has significant experience with Native organizations such as the Cultural Heritage and Education Institute.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General