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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change$
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Mark S. Aber, Kenneth I. Maton, Edward Seidman, and James G. Kelly

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380576.001.0001

Empowering Community Settings: Theory, Research, and Action

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(p.38) 3 Empowering Community Settings: Theory, Research, and Action
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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change
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Kenneth I. Maton

Anne E. Brodsky

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380576.003.0003

This chapter provides a a modest attempt to build on Julian Rappaport's vision of a community psychology in which empowerment is the guiding motif to life. Drawing upon research on three different kinds of empowering settings, it delineates, in more detail, the setting-specific: mediators through which organizational characteristics empower setting members and the pathways through which community betterment and positive social change occur—member-radiating influence and external organizational activities.

Keywords:   Julian Rappaport, empowerment, community improvement, social change, community psychology

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