Community Settings: Creating Capacity and Mobilizing for Change

  • Isaac Prilleltensky
  • Geoffrey Nelson


In this chapter, we examine the ways in which critical psychologists can strive to make changes in community settings. A central thesis of the chapter is that making community change must involve partnerships between critical psychologists and oppressed groups. In organizational transformation, community development, and the creation of alternative settings, disadvantaged people should drive the change process (Nelson, Prilleltensky, and MacGillivary, 2001). Jenny Pearce has written that an authentic civil society:

must involve the poor and the weak gaining real and meaningful rights as citizens, genuinely enfranchised and able to build organizations to defend their interests. It is about the rights of individuals to associate voluntarily. Constructing civil society cannot be essentially about building up intermediary development organizations to represent the ‘poor’; it must be about empowering the poor and enabling them to fight for their own rights as citizens (Pearce, 1993:225).


Community Setting Community Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Participatory Action Research Alternative Setting 
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  • Isaac Prilleltensky
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