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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change
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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change

Mark S. Aber, Kenneth I. Maton, Edward Seidman, and James G. Kelly


This book combines a focus on understanding social settings as loci for empowering intervention with a focus on understanding and giving voice to citizens. The book illuminates advances in theory and method relevant to changing a broad spectrum of social settings (including programs, organizations, institutions, communities, and social policy) from a strengths-based perspective. Three cross-cutting concepts—a strengths-based approach to research and social action, empowerment, and narrative research methods—serve as integrating and foundational themes. Part I takes up issues of setting process ... More

Keywords: citizens, institutions, communities, social policy, processes, outcomes, research methods, social change, empowering settings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195380576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Aber, editor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kenneth I. Maton, editor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Edward Seidman, editor
New York University

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