Articles from our current Special Issue, Contributions of Community Psychology to Urban Research and Policy, are available for download now!
By Guest Editor: Jennifer Watling Neal
The field of community psychology focuses on solving social problems and encouraging well-being by examining transactions between individuals and larger social systems including organizations (e.g., schools, workplaces), local neighborhoods, and cities. Given this focus, community psychologists have a long history of contribution to understandings of metropolitan and community problems, urban social change, and urban policy. The articles in this special issue highlight key connections between community psychology and urban studies. First, J. Neal traces the history of community psychology to urban issues and explores the extent to which community psychology and urban studies have informed each other over the past 10 years. Second, Nation et al. and Kornbluh both examine issues of urban education, focusing on ecological approaches and efforts to give voice to youth. Third, Hansen and Toro clarify contributions of community psychology to our understanding of homelessness and housing over the last 40 years. Fourth, Collins describes how community psychology values were an integral part of gaining support for a democracy voucher initiative used to increase resident influence in local politics. Finally, Z. Neal highlights commonalities in the foundations, processes, and legacies of the ecological metaphor developed by community psychologists and human ecology developed by urban sociologists.
Table of Contents
1. Community psychology and urban studies: Common connections and missed opportunities, by Jennifer Watling Neal
2. Addressing the problems of urban education: An ecological systems perspective, by Maury Nation, Brian D. Christens, Kimberly D. Bess, Marybeth Shinn, Douglas D. Perkins, & Paul W. Speer
3. Untold student stories: Examining educational budget cuts within urban school settings, by Mariah Kornbluh
4. Contributions of community psychologists to research, theory, intervention, and policy on homelessness since 1980, by Devin M. Hanson and Paul A. Toro
5. “Meeting them where they’re at”: Implementation of community psychology values into city policy and the case of the Honest Elections Initiative, by Charlie R. Collins
6. Comparing urban sociology’s human ecology and community psychology’s ecological metaphor, by Zachary Neal