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Community Psychology (3rd Edition)

In Pursuit of Liberation and Well-Being

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This visionary textbook is the third edition of a trusted and highly respected introduction to community psychology. The editors have focused on three contemporary social issues in order to illustrate key concepts throughout...

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This visionary textbook is the third edition of a trusted and highly respected introduction to community psychology. The editors have focused on three contemporary social issues in order to illustrate key concepts throughout the book: climate change, affordable housing and homelessness, and immigration. 

Featuring a wide range of critical perspectives from international scholars and practitioners, Community Psychology encourages students to consider theories and methodologies in light of how they might be applied to different cultures and settings. It develops students' ability to think critically about the role of psychology in society, and about how the work of community psychologists can aid in the liberation of oppressed groups, promoting social justice and flourishing both for people and for our planet.

This book is essential reading for students taking both undergraduate and graduate courses in Community Psychology and its related fields.


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  • Significantly revised and updated third edition of one of the most cited books in community psychology
  • Extended author team featuring a new generation of community psychologists
  • Comprehensive coverage of key concepts, interventions, research, and issues in community psychology
  • Analytical depth and critical perspective
  • International contributors, perspectives and examples throughout
  • Written in an accessible way for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Chapter commentaries from experienced practitioners
  • Relevant to those on community psychology courses as well as other fields

  • New chapters on power and racism
  • Coverage of the latest research in the field, with numerous new concepts, theories, and references
  • An approach which takes three critical issues as illustrative examples throughout the book: immigration, affordable housing and homelessness, and climate change.
PART I: FRAMING COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY: HISTORY, VALUES, AND KEY CONCEPTS
1. Community Psychology: Research and Action for Social Change and Wellbeing
2. Highlights of the History of Community Psychology
3. Community Psychology Values and Vision
4. Power, Empowerment and Depowerment
5. Thinking Like a System: Ecology and Complexity in a Globalized World
6. Prevention, Promotion, and Social Change
7. Community, Connection, and Participation
PART II: COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY INTERVENTIONS
8. An Overview of Community Psychology Interventions
9. Social Interventions
10. Organizational and Community Interventions
11. Individual and Small Group Interventions
PART III: COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH
12. Framing Community-engaged Research
13. The Research Cycle
PART IV: ISSUES IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
14. Globalization, Poverty, and Social Justice
15. Colonization
16. How Can Community Psychologists Best Work Towards Gender Equity?
17. Building Wellbeing in Families
18. LGBTQ Issues in Community Psychology
19. Ableism, Physical Disability and Community Living
20. Addressing Community-based Challenges Arising from Mental Health Problems
21. Racism and Applications of Critical Race and Intersectional Theories in Community Psychology.
This edition adds impressive new members and perspectives to the already powerful scholarship of its original authors. This is both a visionary introduction to the field and a valuable addition to the library of established scholars, activists and researchers. – Julian Rappaport, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
It is clear that this work is derived from a community of authors who are steeped in active participation and passionate about their endeavours. I believe this text will become a key resource, both for students across various levels of study and for practitioners seeking conceptual and strongly values-informed bases for their work. – Jacqueline Akhurst, Rhodes University, South Africa.
This book should be part of any psychology degree. It covers all the pertinent topics, including some of the special features of community-based research not covered in most courses on psychology methods, and is made accessible to students through clear writing, thoughtful questions and extra materials to use in classes. – Bernard Guerin, University of South Australia, Australia.
This text is comprehensive with its inclusion of indigenous and settler voices of key issues from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Well done. – Bridgette Masters-Awatere, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Providing comprehensive and incisive coverage of a range of contemporary social issues and drawing on a range of international perspectives, this textbook is an invaluable resource for students, instructors and practitioners. – Norman Duncan, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
A commanding and inspiring presentation of our past achievements! Most importantly, this book also advocates continuing to access and collaborate with governments and local community resources with imagination and vigor and long term commitments. – James G Kelly, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
The editors present an encompassing, innovative and challenging view of the field. They manage to demonstrate the pertinence of the field to local and international issues as well as to historically persistent problems. – Irma Serrano-García, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.
The second edition was outstanding. Graduates often say that this is the only book they keep and take with them into their professional lives because it is so relevant - and the third edition promises to be even more relevant. – Dawn Darlaston-Jones, The University of Notre Dame, Australia.
Packed with useful tools to promote collective well-being, this significant contribution is my textbook of choice. It includes global perspectives, and illustrative, concrete examples that support student learning. Importantly, this text focuses on power, centers issues of social (in)justice, and calls for critical approaches within (and beyond) our field. – Erin Rose Ellison, California State University, Sacramento, USA.
In this excellent new edition, the authors have introduced important material on community psychology that will shape theory, research and action. – Enoch Teye-Kwadjo, University of Ghana, Ghana.
A provocative text packed with information, diverse examples and up to date resources that encourages students to observe the world around them and think critically about how it functions. – Niki Harré, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
The third edition is indeed well beyond an updated version of this modern academic classic in community psychology. The addition of a broader, more diverse team of collaborators brings new life and vibrancy to this edition. This text provides unique and novel opportunities for personal reflection throughout, heightening reflexivity and dynamic learning. – Katie Wright-Bevans, Keele University, UK.
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Manuel Riemer is Professor of Psychology in the community psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the director of the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS) and the Community, Environment, and Justice Research Group (CEJRG). He applies community psychology principles, theories, and tools to address issues related to sustainability, including global climate change mitigation and resiliency, with a special interest in engagement and promoting a culture of sustainability in organizations and communities. His contributions to the application of community psychology to global climate change and sustainability were recognized by the Society for Community Research and...

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Manuel Riemer is Professor of Psychology in the community psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the director of the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS) and the Community, Environment, and Justice Research Group (CEJRG). He applies community psychology principles, theories, and tools to address issues related to sustainability, including global climate change mitigation and resiliency, with a special interest in engagement and promoting a culture of sustainability in organizations and communities. His contributions to the application of community psychology to global climate change and sustainability were recognized by the Society for Community Research and Action’s Early Researcher Award.

Stephanie Reich is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, with additional appointments in Psychological Science and Informatics, at the University of California, Irvine. Trained as a community psychologist with an emphasis in child development and program evaluation, her research interests focus on child development with the explicit goals of understanding children’s social lives and how to promote healthy development. The bulk of her work explores direct and indirect influences on the child, specifically through the family, peers, school, and media. She is the recipient of the Society for Community Research and Action’s Early Researcher Award and the Distinguished Early Career Applied Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology Award. She is also an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action.

Scot Evans is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. He is a community-engaged researcher working to understand and support the role of community-based organizations, networks, and coalitions in building collective power to promote community wellbeing, social change, and social justice. Scot is the editor of the open-access journal Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice.

Geoffrey Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He served as Co-lead for the qualitative research for Canada’s five-city At Home/Chez Soi Housing First study. Professor Nelson was the recipient of the McNeill Award for Innovation in Community Mental Health in 1999 and the award for Distinguished Contributions to Community Psychology Theory and Research in 2013, both from the Society for Community Research and Action of the American Psychological Association. His research has focused on housing, homelessness, community mental health, and prevention.

Isaac Prilleltensky is the former Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, where he currently serves as Professor of Educational and Psychological Studies and Vice Provost for institutional culture. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award, the Seymour B. Sarason award, and the John Kalafat Applied Community Psychology Award, all from the Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Prevention Section of the Division of Counseling Psychology of APA. He is interested in well-being, humor, mattering, and the relationship between wellness and fairness.


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