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Routledge International Handbook of Community Psychology
Facing Global Crises with Hope

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ISBN 9780367344153
December 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
408 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook offers a unique critical, and cross-disciplinary approach to the study of community psychology, showing how it can address the systemic challenges arising from multiple crises facing people across the world.

Addressing some of the most pressing issues of our times, the text shows how community psychology can contribute to principled social change, giving voice, enabling civic participation, and supporting the realignment of social and economic power within planetary boundaries. Featuring a collaboration of contributions from world-leading academics, early career researchers and community leaders, each chapter gives theory and context with practical examples of working with those living in precarious situations, on matters that concern them most, and highlights positive ways to contribute to progressive change. The editors examine economic, ecological, demographic, gender, violence, energy, social and cultural, and political crises in relation to psychological theories, as well as public policy and lived experiences, presenting an approach situated at the intersection of public policy and lived experiences. Viewed through four different perspectives or lenses: a critical lens; a praxis lens; an ecological lens; and a reflective lens, this compendium of critical explorations into community psychology shows how it can contribute to a fairer, more just, resilient, and sustainable world.

Also examining the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic about the pervading nature of social inequality, but also the potential of solidarity movements ranging from local to international levels, this is ideal reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars in community psychology and related areas, including social psychology, clinical psychology, and applied psychology.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Introduction: Facing Global Crises

Carolyn Kagan, Jacqui Akhurst, Jaime Alfaro, Rebecca Lawthom, Michael Richards, Alba Zambrano

Part 1: Community Psychology Through a Critical Lens

  1. Epistemicide and Epistemic Freedom: Reflections for a Decolonising Community Psychology
  2. Nick Malherbe, Shahnaaz Suffla and Mohamed Seedat

  3. Contributions of Marxism to Community Psychology: Emancipation in Debate
  4. Isabel Fernandes de Oliveira and Fernando Lacerda Júnior

  5. Community Psychology and Political Economy
  6. Sally Zlotowitz and Mark H. Burton

  7. Grounding Community Psychology in Practices of Ecopsychosocial Accompaniment
  8. Garret Barnwell, Gay Bradshaw and Mary Watkins

  9. Community Psychology and War: Structural Violence and Institutional Silence
  10. Paul Duckett

    Part 2: Community Psychology Through a Praxis Lens

  11. Interrogating Chilean Community Psychology in Times of Crisis
  12. Alba Zambrano Constanzo, Sergio Chacón-Armijo, Herling Sanhueza Yáñez and María Antonieta Campos Melo

  13. Psychologists Taking Action for LGBT+ Rights and Well-being in the Philippines
  14. Eric Julian Manalastas, Moniq M. Muyargas, Pierce S. Docena and Beatriz A. Torre

  15. Psychosocial Accompaniment from a Community Approach to Victims of Internal Forced Displacement in Colombia
  16. Claudia Tovar Guerra, Stella Sacipa Rodríguez and Laura Muñoz Restrepo

  17. Community Trust and Community Psychology Interventions
  18. Caterina Arcidiacono, Immacolata Di Napoli, Ciro Esposito and Fortuna Procentese

  19. The Others, Discovering and Connecting Community Life
  20. Moisés Carmona Monferrer and Rubén David Fernández Carrasco

  21. A Call for a Digital Community Psychology
  22. Jenna Condie and Michael Richards

  23. The Interface of Community and Well-being in Childhood: A Critical Perspective
  24. Jaime Alfaro and M. Isidora Bilbao-Nieva

  25. Disaster and Community Psychology: Focusing on the Power of Youth and Children and their Peer Effects in Disaster Prevention and Community Empowerment
  26. Mari Yoshinaga and Takehito Hagiwara

  27. Community Arts for Critical Community Psychology Praxis: Towards Decolonisation and Aboriginal Self Determination
  28. Christopher C. Sonn, Amy F. Quayle and Paola Balla

    Part 3: Community Psychology Through an Ecological Lens

  29. In the Pursuit of a Practical Utopia: Transitioning Towards Climate Justice
  30. Carlie D. Trott, Kai Reimer-Watts and Manuel Riemer

  31. Participation for a Better Future: Communities of Action for the Environment in Aotearoa New Zealand
  32. Niki Harré, Sally Birdsall, Daniel Hikuroa, Daniel Kelly, Karen Nairn and Te Kerekere Roycroft

  33. Exploring the Ecotone of Critical Food Studies in Community Psychology: A Framework for Addressing Well-Being Through Food System Transformation
  34. Mirella L. Stroink, Charles Z. Levkoe and B. Mackenzie Barnett

  35. Community Social Psychology and Nature Conservation
  36. Alejandra Olivera-Méndez and Marcelo Calegare

    Part 4: Community Psychology Through a Reflective Lens

  37. Community Psychology and the Liberation Process of First Nations in Guatemala
  38. Jorge Mario Flores Osorio and Mariola Elizabeth Vicente Xiloj

  39. Scholar Activism: Mothering; Disability and Academic Activism
  40. Katherine Runswick-Cole, Andrea Ellwood, Kerry Fox and Sara Ryan

  41. Building Partnerships for Community-Based Service Learning in Poverty-stricken and Systemically Disadvantaged Communities
  42. Jacqui Akhurst and Nqobile Msomi

  43. Mobilising Critical Consciousness in Educational Contexts: A Community Psychology Approach
  44. Bruna Zani, Cinzia Albanesi, Elvira Cicognani, Antonella Guarino and Iana Tzankova

  45. Working with Life Stories for Transformational Learning: Tracking Our Positionality in an Educational Dialogical Space During COVID-19 
  46. Yvonne Sliep, Nosipho Makhakhe, Sipho Ngcongo and Bernice Calmes

    Part 5: Community Psychology Through the Lens of Hope

  47. End Note: Hope

          Carolyn Kagan, Jacqui Akhurst, Jaime Alfaro, Rebecca Lawthom, Michael Richards and Alba Zambrano

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Carolyn Kagan was Professor Emerita of Community Social Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is now a scholar activist, involved with projects that connect localism, environmental and social justice, and community resilience.

Jacqui Akhurst is a Professor Emerita of Rhodes University, South Africa. Her community-based research utilizes Action Research or Activity Theory. Her recent focus has been on Community-based Service Learning in higher education.

Jaime Alfaro is a senior researcher at the Center of Studies of Well-being and Social Coexistence, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. He has a Ph.D. in Social Science, University of Girona, Spain.

Rebecca Lawthom is Professor of Community Psychology and Head of the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. She works with others in participatory and collaborative ways to achieve valued change. Her research interests cohere around marginalization and she writes within fields of disability, ageing and methods.

Michael Richards is a Critical Community Psychologist who is Deputy Programme Leader of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health programme and Deputy Director of the Arts and Wellbeing Research Centre at Edge Hill University, UK.

Alba Zambrano is an academic of the Department of Psychology Universidad de La Frontera, Chile in the field of Community Psychology. Research interests include community strengthening processes, prevention of psychosocial problems based on evidence and socio-community inclusion. She is director of the Life Skills Program UFRO JUNAEB agreement.


"As someone who lives in one of the very few political colonies left in the world, Puerto Rico, I believe this to be an indispensable volume for all concerned with the ravages of coloniality, social injustice and climate change. It also provides challenges to ongoing crises and the possibilities of a praxis for change which undergirds hope."

Irma Serrano GarcíaUniversity of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico