The thesis of this paper is that the most important and interesting aspects of community life are by their very nature paradoxical; and that our task as researchers, scholars, and professionals should be to “unpack” and influence contemporary resolutions of paradox. Within this general theme I will argue that in order to do so we will need to be more a social movement than a profession, regain our sense of urgency, and avoid the tendency to become “one-sided.” I will suggest that the paradoxical issue which demands our attention in the foreseeable future is a conflict between “rights” and “needs” models for viewing people in trouble.
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Presidential address, Division 27, Community Psychology, 88th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Montreal, Canada, September 3,1980. Originally published in the American Journal of Community Psychology, 9(1) (1981): pp. 1-25.
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Rappaport, J. (2002). In Praise of Paradox: A Social Policy of Empowerment over Prevention. In: , et al. A Quarter Century of Community Psychology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8646-7_8
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