Critical Community Psychology

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Interest in community psychology, and its potential has grown in parallel with changes in welfare and governmental priorities. Critical Community Psychology provide students of different community based professions, working in a range of applied settings, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with a text which will underpin their community psychological work.

Key Features:

  • Clear learning objectives and chapter contents outlined at the start of each chapter
  • Key terms highlighted with definitions, either as marginal notes or in chapter glossaries
  • Case examples of community psychology in action
  • Each chapter ends with a critical assessment section
  • Discussion points and ideas for exercises that can be undertaken by the reader, in order to extend critical understanding
  • Lists of further resources -- e.g. reading, film, electronic
  • Authors are members of the largest community psychology departmental team in Europe

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At last, an exciting new textbook on community psychology that is informed by contemporary debates within critical psychology.  It provides a refreshing and well-written overview of both theoretical and practical issues around psychological work in a range of community settings. Filled with examples and reflections on practice drawn from years of experience, the book is a modern handbook for community scholar-activists.”
Michael Murray, Professor of Social & Health Psychology, Keele University

Psychology – and psychologists – are all too often disengaged from the very real challenges facing modern societies. This book provides a timely and powerful nudge to contribute our various skills and approaches to improve and enhance local and global communities. It deserves to be widely read by students and professionals alike.”
Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology, University of Southampton

This important new book encapsulates an enormous range of helpful concepts and practical tools within the field of community psychology that link local action with more ambitious social and political change.  It draws on a wealth of shared experience in critical community psychology praxis and is an essential resource for all community based professionals working with excluded or marginalised communities.”
Steve Melluish, University of Leicester

Community psychology is continuously developing in various parts of the world. Interest in community psychology, and its potential as a distinct approach, is growing and evolving in parallel with social development, changes in welfare and governmental priorities.

Critical Community Psychology is the work of a group of academic community psychologists with many years of experience working, teaching and thinking together. They have developed a clear and effective method for bringing together the theory and practice of community psychology, which has become firmly grounded in time and place. This book aims to provide students of different community-based professions, working in a range of applied settings, with not only the theories, values and principles of community psychology, but also with the practical guidance that will underpin their community psychological work.

Highlights include:

·         Clear learning objectives, highlighting the theoretical content, research issues and practice dilemmas to be covered.

·         Case examples of community psychology in action, including critical questions to encourage reflection and reflexivity on the part of the reader.

·         Activity questions focusing on both theoretical and practical issues to be used as both class exercises and independent study.

·         A distinctive approach that questions many of the assumptions and approaches of mainstream psychological approaches.

This book would be attractive to undergraduate and postgraduate students and practitioners of community psychology world-wide, as well as students and practitioners of other forms of applied or professional psychology and different community practices. Additional resources for instructors are available at www.wiley.com/college/kagan

Carolyn Kagan, Paul Duckett, Rebecca Lawthom and Asiya Siddiquee are all based in the Department of Psychology and the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Mark Burton has a visiting position with Manchester Metropolitan University and is a manager in health and social services in Manchester.

About the Author:

All the authors are members of the largest community psychology team in Europe, practising and researching community psychology and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in community psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Mark Burton, Visiting Professor of Health and Disability at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of the Manchester Learning Disability Partnership: I have a background in both psychological research and clinical psychology, and have worked for the last 20 years in services for intellectually disabled people as a development manager, using a community psychological approach to inform this work, which is carried out by myself and by colleagues with both psychological and non-psychological backgrounds. I have also participated in the work of a variety of non governmental organisations and campaigning groups. I have taught courses on social theory and psychological practice, organisational and social change, action research and aspects of community clinical psychology both at postgraduate level and outside the University context.

Paul Duckett, Senior Lecturer, is a community psychologist who works in the fields of disability, mental health and unemployment. I work alongside disabled people including people with mental health difficulties and people with learning difficulties. I am interested in exploring ways of promoting student mental health and promoting the integration of a social justice perspective in psychological teaching, research and practice. In addition I have published in the areas of criminal (in)justice, children's wellbeing and social critiques of war.

Carolyn Kagan, Professor of Community Social Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University: I am a community psychologist with a background in social psychology, counselling psychology and social work. I am a founding co-editor of the international journal, Community, Work and Family (published by CARFAX, now Taylor and Francis). I have worked for 25 years on projects in the community, with disabled people, their families and services and with people living in poverty. Much of my work has been action oriented, with projects extending over several years, and I have been involved with the establishment of new projects and new forms of community organisation. I teach Community psychology to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and have developed the first UK Masters programme in Community Psychology. I have supervised and examined MSc and PhD theses in community psychology in the UK and Australia. I convened and chaired the 1999 UK Community Psychology Conference in January 1999 and am a regular contributor to UK and European community psychology conferences.

Rebecca Lawthom, Principal Lecturer. My research interests centre on gender and feminism, particularly in workplace settings. I am also interested in working with other non dominant groups, including disabled people, and in relation to social inclusion approaches. Ihave a particular interest in the concept of 'communities of practice' and am currently exploring its utility in relation to narrative work and to different forms of creativity.

Asiya Siddiquee, Lecturer. I am a community psychologist with a particular interest in critical perspectives on established forms of both quantitative and qualitative research. My recent doctoral work was 'A Community Psychology Approach to Investigating the Impact of the Internet', and as part of this I examined the impact of the Internet on refugee women, ethnic minorities, community development workers and the health sectorI am currently applying action research processes to explore issues such as marginalisation and the use of the digital technologies, and am part of an international community psychology virtual network.

Other, newly appointed members of the team may also contribute to the book. For example Professor Dan Goodley (expertise- critical disability studies) and Jenny Fisher (expertise - community development).

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