Towards a new theory of practice for community health psychology

Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa (2014) Towards a new theory of practice for community health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1). pp. 126-136. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

The article sets out the value of theorizing collective action from a social science perspective that engages with the messy actuality of practice. It argues that community health psychology relies on an abstract version of Paulo Freire’s earlier writing, the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which provides scholar-activists with a ‘map’ approach to collective action. The article revisits Freire’s later work, the Pedagogy of Hope, and argues for the importance of developing a ‘journey’ approach to collective action. Theories of practice are discussed for their value in theorizing such journeys, and in bringing maps (intentions) and journeys (actuality) closer together.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: collective action ethics of care ethnography postmodernism social practice theories
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 13:48
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 03:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49113

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