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Community Psychology

Power and Identity in the Struggle for Social Justice

Reflections on Community Psychology Practice

Authors: Lazarus, Sandy

  • Includes a key focus on education and training for community-oriented psychologists and social workers
  • Explores the  challenge of understanding and responding to various power dynamics in community work
  • Adopts an autoethnographical approach, reflecting on 50 years of community practice in Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa
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About this book

This compelling example of auto-ethnography follows the journey of a psychologist pursuing her career in apartheid-era South Africa—and reappraising her work and her worldview in the post-apartheid years. The author describes her development of a human rights perspective, rooted in an understanding of power dynamics in contexts of oppression, privilege and inequality, as it evolved from theory to real-life practice in academia and the community. Key themes include embedding core principles of social justice, and of learning and teaching, in community practice and policy work, and maximizing community action and participation in participatory action research. And in addition to her recommendations for ethical practice and professional development, the author’s self-reflexive presentation models necessary steps for readers to take in building their own careers.

Among the topics covered:

  • Self-reflections on power relations in community practice.
  • Learning about the decolonial lens.
  • Empowerment as transformative practice.         
  • Policy work during post-apartheid years.
  • Developing teaching and learning theories and practices.

Power and Identity in the Struggle for Social Justice will act as both an interesting and a valuable resource for people working or planning to work with people in various community contexts. This includes psychologists who practice community psychology, social workers, and other community practitioners, particularly in social development, health, and education settings.

About the authors

Sandy Lazarus is currently an independent contractor (senior specialist scientist) at the South African Medical Research Council/University of South Africa’s Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit in Cape Town, as well as a professor at the University of the Western Cape, and an extraordinaire professor at the University of South Africa. Her professional experience and expertise lies in the area of community psychology, expressed primarily in the education and health sectors. She has worked primarily as an academic activist, researcher and teacher (with her professional registration as a research psychologist providing her primary scope), contributing to local, provincial, national and international contexts over approximately four decades of professional practice. These contributions have included national policy development and practice in education, with a particular focus on the development of an inclusive education system and education support services in South Africa; national policy development and practice in health promotion, and more specifically in the development of health promoting schools; research methodology, with a particular focus on the development of community engaged research through participatory action research approaches; and, more recently (over the last ten years), her work has focused on violence, violence prevention, and safety and peace promotion in South Africa.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • My Story

    Lazarus, Sandy

    Pages 1-14

  • Power and Identity

    Lazarus, Sandy

    Pages 15-45

  • Navigating Diverse World-Views and Spiritual Pathways

    Lazarus, Sandy

    Pages 47-64

  • Participatory Action Research Practice and Social Policy Engagement

    Lazarus, Sandy

    Pages 65-89

  • Learning and Teaching in Academic and Community Contexts

    Lazarus, Sandy

    Pages 91-117

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-99939-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-99938-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Power and Identity in the Struggle for Social Justice
Book Subtitle
Reflections on Community Psychology Practice
Authors
Series Title
Community Psychology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99939-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99939-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99938-8
Series ISSN
2523-7241
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 133
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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