Psychopolitical Validity: Power, Culture and Wellness

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Fisher, Adrian and Sonn, Christopher ORCID: 0000-0002-6175-1030 (2008) Psychopolitical Validity: Power, Culture and Wellness. Journal of Community Psychology, 36 (2). pp. 261-268. ISSN 0090-4392


In this commentary, the authors review and critique Prilleltensky’s model of psychopolitical validity and wellness. Although the overt recognition of power, oppression, and political forces are viewed most favorably, cautions are also given. Of most importance is the way in which his model is based in an undeclared North American model of psychology and culture. The authors examine the disjuncture between the stated aims of psychopolitical validity and the ways in which different cultures and social systems construe the world. The proposal for a political focus on power and oppression is welcomed, but cautions are offered about the commensurability of different worldviews and practices.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1002/jcop.20237
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID15693, Prilleltensky’s model, psychopolitical validity, oppression, political forces, stated aims
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