The place and function of power in community psychology: Philosophical and practical issues

Adrian T. Fisher, Christopher C. Sonn, Scot Evans

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Abstract

Much of the training of psychologists in the western world follows a logical positivist, scientist-practitioner model based in scientific objectivity and removed from politics. In this paper, we explore issues around alternative understandings of the role and place of psychologists and psychological actions. In so doing, we discuss a number of issues of ontology, epistemology and pragmatics to demonstrate that the role and function of power in our society need to be addressed more directly and more politically in order for us to successfully achieve our roles as community psychologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-267
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Epistemology
  • Ontology
  • Power
  • Professional training
  • Voice

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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The place and function of power in community psychology : Philosophical and practical issues. / Fisher, Adrian T.; Sonn, Christopher C.; Evans, Scot.

In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 4, 01.07.2007, p. 258-267.

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