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PART I: CONTEXT AND OVERVIEW.- Community Psychology: Journeys in the Global Context .- The Project of Community Psychology: Issues, Values and Tools for Liberation and Well-Being.- PART II: VALUES, PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTUAL TOOLS.- Values for Community Psychology.- Ecology, Prevention and Promotion .- Community and Power.- Commitment, Accountability and Inclusion.- PART III: TOOLS FOR ACTION.- An Overview of Community Psychology Interventions.- Social Interventions.- Organizational and Community Interventions.- Small Group and Individual Interventions.- PART IV: TOOLS FOR RESEARCH.- The Foundations of Community Research .- Community Research Methods: Post-positivist and Social Constructivist Paradigms.- Community Research Methods: Transformative Paradigm.- PART V: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: ADDRESSING THE ISSUES.- Marginalisation; C.Kagan & M.Burton.- Globalisation, Poverty and Social Justice; T.Sloan.- Colonization and Racism; M.Glover, P.Dudgeon & I.Huygens.- Immigration and Adaptation: Confronting the Challenges of Cultural Diversity; C.Sonn & A.Fisher.- Gender, Power and Community Psychology; H. Gridley and C.Turner.- A Journey Towards Liberation: Confronting Heterosexism and the Oppression of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People; G. Harper.- Ableism; G. White .- Creating New Possibilities for Promoting Liberation, Well-being and Recovery; B. Kloos .- Disadvantaged Children and Families; L. Peirson.- Community Psychology, the Natural Environment, and Global Climate Change; M. Riemer .- PART VI: LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE .- Between Person and Society: Community Psychology's Voyage into Complexity; M. Montero.

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MARK BURTON is Head of Manchester Learning Disability Partnership, and Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Outside paid work, Mark is active in international solidarity with progressive social movements PAT DUDGEON is an Associate Professor at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the first Indigenous Fellow within the Australian Psychological Society and is the founding chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association ADRIAN FISHER is an Associate Professor in the Community Psychology program at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia MAREWA GLOVER (Nga Puhi Nui Tonu) is Director of the Auckland Tobacco Control Research Centre based within the School of Population Health of the University of Auckland, New Zealand HEATHER GRIDLEY coordinates one of Australia's two postgraduate programs in Community Psychology, at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. In 1994 she received the Australian Psychological Society's Elaine Dignan Award for significant contributions concerning women and psychology and has held national positions in both the APS College of Community Psychologists and Women and Psychology Interest Group GARY W. HARPER is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. He was chair of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns and Committee on Psychology and AIDS. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association; Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues; and Society for Community Research and Action INGRID HUYGENS currently chairs the Institute of Community Psychology Aotearoa. She has practised as a community psychologist since 1983 and as a Pakeha (white) anti-racism educator and decolonization worker since 1989 CAROLYN KAGAN is Professor of Community Social Psychology, and Director of the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She established and contributes to the first UK masters course in community psychology BRET KLOOS is a faculty member in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at the University of South Carolina, USA, and has also held positions as director of a supportive housing program and the Connecticut Self-help Network MARITZA MONTERO is Professor of Social Psychology and Community Social Psychology at Universidad Central de Venezuela. She was president of the International Society of Political Psychology (2006), and has been visiting professor in Universities in Latin American countries and in Spain, France, England and Scotland LESLEA PEIRSON graduated from Wilfrid Laurier's MA program in Community Psychology in 1993. She went on to work in applied research settings and has taught courses in community psychology theory and research approaches at Wilfrid Laurier MANUEL RIEMER is an Assistant Professor in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. He was the Director of Research and System Development for a large NIMH funded research project at the Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement TOD SLOAN is Professor and Chair in the Department of Counselling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. He was a visiting professor in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Brazil and co-coordinated Psychologists for Social Responsibility from 2001-05 CHRISTOPHER SONN is a Senior Lecturer in the Community Psychology program at Victoria University in Melbourne Australia. He was born in South Africa under the Apartheid regime where he was officially classified as 'coloured'. He immigrated to Australia with his parents and brothers where he faced numerous settlement challenges including language issues, isolation, lack of familiarity with social systems, and prejudice COLLEEN TURNER manages Communities for Children, a large scale community development in a disadvantaged area of metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. She has also served on the APS Board as Director of Social Issues and in 2007 was elected to APS Fellowship GLEN W. WHITE is Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. He serves as Principal Investigator of the NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence on Community Living. He is past president of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers and past Chair of the American Public Health Association's Section on Disability Commentators CHARITY S. AKOTIA is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Ghana where she teaches courses in community and social psychology. Before his death on July 8, 2006, GEORGE W. ALBEE was Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont and Courtesy Professor at the Mental Health Research Institute, University of South Florida. He was past president of the American Psychological Association. Dr Albee was chair of the Task Panel on Manpower for President Eisenhower's Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health and chair of the Panel on Prevention for President Carter's Commission on Mental Health. MEG A. BOND is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA. She is a former president of the Society for Community Research and Action and has also served as chair of the APA Committee on Women and on the executive committee of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues LIESETTE BRUNSON is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada REBECCA CAMPBELL is a Professor of Community Psychology and Program Evaluation at Michigan State University, USA. She received the 2007 Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Award (Early Career) from the American Psychological Association MARCI CULLEY is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA DENNIS FOX is Emeritus Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, USA. With Isaac Prilleltensky, he co-founded RadPsyNet ( and co-edited both editions of Critical Psychology: An Introduction. In 2006 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Ben Gurion University, Israel, and a consultant in Law and Society at Birzeit University, Palestinian West Bank SUZANNE GALLOWAY is a Health Promoter in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and has been involved in creating positive alternatives at the community level LESLEY HOATSON works for the Anglican Church of Melanesia, based in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu where she helps local development workers build their development capacity COLLEEN LOOMIS is Associate Professor of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada and an invited professor at the University of Geneva in the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences M. BRINTON LYKES is Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology, Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and Chair of the Department of Counselling and Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College, USA ELBA MARTELL is a Public Health Planner with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, in Ontario, Canada ELISEO MARTELL is manager of the Community and Elementary School Supports Unit with the Region of Waterloo Department of Public Health in Ontario, Canada and current Chair of Health Nexus. He is also one of the founding community members of the Kitchener-Downtown Community Health Centre and is a former president of Ontario Public Health Association MICHAEL MURRAY is Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Keele University, UK. He is the co-author of Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice (2005), co-editor of Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (1999) and editor of Critical Health Psychology (2004). DOUGLAS D. PERKINS is Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Community Studies and the graduate program in Community Research and Action at Vanderbilt University, USA BLANCA ORTIZ-TORRES is a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, USA. She teaches in the graduate Social/Community Psychology Program and conducts research at the Institute for Psychological Studies RANDOLPH POTTS is a Fellow and Diplomat of the Association of Black Psychologists and a health psychologist at the VA Medical Center JULIAN RAPPAPORT is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, USA. He is a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Division of Community Psychology Distinguished Career Award and of the Seymour B. Sarason Award. He is a past President of the Society for Community Research and Action JANICE L. RISTOCK is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba, USA. She is the author of No More Secrets: Violence in Lesbian Relationships which received a distinguished book award from Div. 44 of APA ALIPIO S NCHEZ VIDAL is Professor of Community Psychology and Ethics at the University of Barcelona, Spain PAUL W. SPEER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, USA ALLAN STRONG is Recovery Education Coordinator for the Self Help Alliance, a consumer-survivor organization in the Waterloo-Wellington health planning region of Ontario, Canada MARY WATKINS is Chair of the MA/PhD Depth Psychology Program and Coordinator of Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research at Pacifica Graduate Institute

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GEOFFREY NELSON is Professor of Psychology and faculty member in the Community Psychology programme at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He served as the senior editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health and is the author of five other books related to community psychology.

ISAAC PRILLELTENSKY is Dean of the School of Education at the University of Miami, USA. He previously directed the Ph.D. programme in Community Research and Action at Vanderbilt University and has also taught community psychology in Australia and Canada. He is the author or co-editor of six other books related to community psychology.


'This definitive introduction should be a key text for any course in the field of community psychology as well as relevant to those interested in action research, community development and social interventions for psychological well-being. It balances theoretical insights with practical guidelines which will appeal to students and tutors alike.' - Dr Katherine Johnson, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton, UK

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