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Understanding of persons in community psychology : a grounded holism?

Bishop, Brian J. and Johnson, Karen and Browne, Alison L. (2006) Understanding of persons in community psychology : a grounded holism? The Australian Community Psychologist, 18 (2). pp. 20-30. ISSN 1320-7741

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Abstract

Ecological analysis is fundamental to community psychology (Rappaport, 1977). An ecology epistemology implies that a systemic or contextual research approach should be prevalent; however reviews of community psychology research indicate that individualistic research and theory still dominate (Speer et al., 1992). We assert the need to increase contextualist research. To understand the nature of contextualist research, its underlying assumptions are discussed in the context of other research frameworks. We further argue that the dominance of positivism in community psychology is both inappropriate and misguided, and comes from a misunderstanding of the nature of people, and consequently, community. A deconstruction of personality theory is presented to allow a better understanding of people in context. Through this deconstruction, we argue for a grounded approach to research that operationalises contextualism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Community Psychologist
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 31786
Deposited By: Dr Alison L Browne
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2010 15:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31786

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