By Jim Orford
This booklet is either a sequel to and enlargement of group Psychology, released in 1992. It serves as a textbook for classes on group psychology yet now additionally comprises fabric on inequality and wellbeing and fitness, on account that either are thinking about the best way an individual′s social surroundings and the platforms with which they have interaction impact their difficulties and the suggestions they create. half 1 units the scene by means of finding group psychology in its historic and modern context. partially 2, disempowered teams and their actual and psychological healthiness are thought of. eventually partly three the appliance of group psychology is mentioned, and the ways that marginalised humans should be helped by means of strengthening their groups highlighted.
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G. ); and ignoring issues such as colonialism and racism” (p. 174). Furthermore, Potts drew attention to inequities in school funding and the fact that African USAmerican students were disproportionately to be found among the expelled, suspended, and those in special programmes for the disturbed, disabled or retarded. In that context, primary prevention programmes that targeted the substance abuse, school maladjustment, teen pregnancy, delinquency and violence of individual students, without paying attention to the historical and socio-political forces that were in operation, ran the risk of protecting and maintaining the status quo, and sending a message that achievement was based strictly upon individual ability and merit and that individuals had only themselves to blame.
Yet nothing could in fact be further from the case. Psychology, at least in the form taken in those countries – the richer ones – that have led the discipline, has taken a very individualistic route. Psychology has laid itself open to the challenge that it has neglected whole domains of its legitimate subject matter. There have been many critics of that position from within psychology itself, and their voices have been growing louder and more numerous. Let us hear what some of them have said. Among the critics is Bruner (1990) who wanted to see the development of a new, “meaning-centered, culturally oriented psychology” (p.
Culture that] . . postures as an oppositional force, but, in substance, is a manifestation of people’s allegiance and loyalty to the status quo”. The kind of interventions that Potts described might not, he thought, be the kinds that many community psychologists would feel comfortable with, but would require a willingness to be involved in ‘horizontal’ as opposed to ‘vertical’ collaborations and a commitment to a liberation psychology. 20 COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY Blair (1992), Albee (1995) and Levine (1998) were among those advocating a broader role for community psychology, involving efforts to change the structures and practices of organisations and institutions, and engaging with public policy, which might include advocating for changes in the law.
Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus by Jim Orford