American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 649-677

First online:

Building Value-Based Partnerships: Toward Solidarity With Oppressed Groups

  • Geoffrey NelsonAffiliated withWilfrid Laurier University
  • , Isaac PrilleltenskyAffiliated withVictoria University
  • , Heather MacGillivaryAffiliated withThe Colorado Trust

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We propose a value-based conceptualization of partnership, defining partnership as relationships between community psychologists, oppressed groups, and other stakeholders, which strive to achieve key community psychology values (caring, compassion, community, health, self-determination, participation, power-sharing, human diversity, and social justice). These values guide partnership work related to the development of services or supports, coalitions and social action, and community research and program evaluation. We prescribe guidelines for building such partnerships and conclude by considering some of the challenges in implementing value-based partnerships.

partnerships solidarity oppression values