International Community Psychology

History and Theories

  • Stephanie M. Reich
  • Manuel Riemer
  • Isaac Prilleltensky
  • Maritza Montero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. An Introduction to the Diversity of Community Psychology Internationally

    1. Stephanie M. Reich, Manuel Riemer, Isaac Prilleltensky, Maritza Montero
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Americas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Geoffrey Nelson, Francine Lavoie, Terry Mitchell
      Pages 13-36
    3. Enrique Saforcada, Víctor Giorgi, Antonio Lapalma, Alicia Rodríguez, Ana Gloria Ferullo, Susana Rudolf et al.
      Pages 99-116
  4. Asia-Pacific

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Heather Gridley, Lauren J. Breen
      Pages 119-139
    3. Neville Robertson, Bridgette Masters-Awatere
      Pages 140-163
  5. Europe And Middle East

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Mark Burton, Stephanie Boyle, Carl Harris D. Clin. Psy, Carolyn Kagan
      Pages 219-237
    3. Donata Francescato, Caterina Arcidiacono, Cinzia Albanesi, Terri Mannarini
      Pages 263-281
    4. Erik Carlquist, Hilde Eileen Nafstad, Rolv Mikkel Blakar
      Pages 282-298
    5. Antonio Martín, Jorge S. López
      Pages 299-316
    6. Isabel Menezes, Pedro M. Teixeira, Mariana Fidalgo
      Pages 317-334
    7. Amiram Raviv, Mira Zeira, Keren Sharvit
      Pages 335-349
    8. Anna Bokszczanin, Krzysztof Kaniasty, Malgorzata Szarzyynska
      Pages 350-355
    9. Serdar M. Degirmencioglu
      Pages 356-362
    10. Sofia Triliva, Athanassios Marvakis Dr. rer. Soc
      Pages 363-374
  6. Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Arvin Bhana, Inge Petersen, Tamsen Rochat
      Pages 377-391
    3. A. Bame Nsamenang, Francis Nkwenti Fru, Melissa Asma Browne
      Pages 392-406
    4. Charity S. Akotia, Kofi B. Barimah
      Pages 407-414
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 415-443

About this book


Community psychology (CP) has a rich history and presence internationally that many people may not be aware of. Today’s increasingly global environment encourages reviewing the world-wide goals and practices of CP. The desire to promote collective well-being clearly transcends geographical boundaries. The goal of developing a global perspective and discourse between countries has been delayed by the lack of a single, accessible source for information.

This book provides the first in-depth guide to global community psychology research and practice, history and development, theories and innovations, presented in one field-defining volume. Included are contributions from countries with long histories of oppression, social movements, and political turmoil; long-time democracies and former dictatorships. Fully-formed CP establishments compare with fledgling ventures into the field. The contributors document the complex relationships between CP and ideological currents, other strands of psychology and social science, cultural and historical traditions, and economic developments.

The goals of this book are several:

  • Promote international collaboration
  • Enhance theory utilization and development
  • Identify biases and barriers in the field
  • Accrue critical mass for a discipline that is often marginalized
  • Minimize the pervasive US-centric view of the field

Practitioners and researchers will find in International Community Psychology new perspectives on the communities they serve. As a text for advanced and graduate-level courses, it depicts a robust field with a legitimate mission. When concepts of community—and sometimes even of psychology—may not always translate from one nation to the next, this book provides a world of needed context.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stephanie M. Reich
    • 1
  • Manuel Riemer
    • 2
  • Isaac Prilleltensky
    • 3
  • Maritza Montero
    • 4
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt UniversityTennesseeUSA
  3. 3.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  4. 4.Universidad Central de VenezuelaVenezuela

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