Towards a new theory of practice for community health psychology

Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa. 2014. Towards a new theory of practice for community health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(1), pp. 126-136. ISSN 1359-1053 [Article]

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The article sets out the value of theorizing collective action from a social science perspective that engages with the messy actuality of practice. It argues that community health psychology relies on an abstract version of Paulo Freire’s earlier writing, the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which provides scholar-activists with a ‘map’ approach to collective action. The article revisits Freire’s later work, the Pedagogy of Hope, and argues for the importance of developing a ‘journey’ approach to collective action. Theories of practice are discussed for their value in theorizing such journeys, and in bringing maps (intentions) and journeys (actuality) closer together.

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collective action, ethics of care, ethnography, postmodernism, social practice theories

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20 June 2013Accepted
22 October 2013Published Online
1 January 2014Published

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11 Jan 2018 14:16

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