1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Community Psychology Facing Global Crises with Hope

    410 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    410 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    List of Figures and Tables

    Introduction: Facing Global Crises

    Carolyn Kagan, Jacqueline Akhurst, Jaime Alfaro, Rebecca Lawthom, Michael Richards and 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, 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. Climate justice: In 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. Jacqueline 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. Hope

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


    Carolyn Kagan is Professor Emerita of Community Social Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is retired and 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 Professor and researcher at the Center of Studies of Well-Being and Social Coexistence, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. He has a PhD 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 marginalisation and she writes within the 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