Bringing Society To Psychology
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Sally Zlotowitz, Anna Zoli and I are editing a new book for Palgrave provisionally called 'New ideas for new times: A handbook of innovative community and clinical psychologies' and we are currently inviting abstracts for potential chapters for the book. Brief details of the book are below and a more extended call for chapters is attached. Please do circulate the call among your networks and submit an abstract if it looks of interest to you.
Carl, Sally and Anna.
The disciplines of critical community psychology and clinical psychology, often related in many countries and in the UK in particular, are currently experiencing radical innovations that could be characterised as moving from the individualising practice realm toward an altogether more contextualising orientation. Both fields, independently and in conjunction, are responding to an array of political, social and economic injustices and a global political context. Some of those who identify as community and clinical psychologists have found themselves reorienting their practice to confront, resist and subvert the structures that are so damaging to the lives of the vulnerable people that they work with. These approaches could be argued to refute and resist the psychologising that has strengthened oppressive structures. Such practices are starting to engage in the political character of power-knowledge relationships that demand a more ‘action-oriented’ and less ‘clinical’ psychology praxis and there is a growing interest in, and commitment to, social justice in the field of mental health. This text will explore and document these new practices of critical community and clinical psychologies that have been developed as alternative ways to challenge recent local, national or global political and economic changes. We wish to specifically focus on instances where the traditional remits of community and clinical psychology have been subverted, altered, stretched, changed and reworked in order to reframe practice around human rights, creativity, political activism, social change, space and place, systemic violence, community transformation, resource allocation and radical practices of disruption and direct action. In addition, we want to report on approaches that demand different relationships with those who have been constructed as patients, clients or service-users in conventional psychiatry and psychology. We encourage ground breaking, radical and liberatory clinical and critical community psychology projects that showcase innovative practice in whatever form it may take.
We are seeking examples not only of radical and innovative practice but also creative and accessible ways of writing. We particularly encourage and welcome chapters from community members, early career academics and practitioners.
We have outlined the following possible subsections below but you may feel that your work matches the ethos of the book but falls outside of these. Please do still send an abstract.
• Human rights approaches to wellbeing
• Community, clinical psychology and creativity
• Community and clinical psychology and political activism
• Influencing policy
• Social and transformative change work
• Participatory action research
• Space, place and relational wellbeing
• Clinical community co-production
• Multi-level interventions
• Working in radical and disruptive spaces