Building value-based partnerships: Toward solidarity with oppressed groups

Geoffrey Nelson, Isaac Prilleltensky, Heather MacGillivary

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-677
Number of pages29
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Oppression
  • Partnerships
  • Solidarity
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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