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Community Psychology: Guiding Principles and Orienting Concepts Paperback – December 14, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0130899033 ISBN-10: 0130899038 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (December 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130899038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130899033
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Rudkin has produced a book that takes seriously the idea of answering the questions of what is community psychology, who are the community psychologists, and what values underlie their work. Her division of the ,field into five guiding principles and four orienting concepts that summarize critical areas of research and theory is masterful. She has managed to incorporate these principles and concepts in an integrated, insightful, and creative manner to provide a broad overview of the field as it exists today... The book is a remarkable achievement. I fully expect it to play a major role in attracting the next generation of students to become community psychologists. Read it and enjoy it!" — N. Dickon Reppucci — Director of the Community Psychology Program, University of Virginia (excerpted from the Foreword to this text)

"Overall, this is an excellent book. It was wonderful to see the integration of classic and new theory, methods and content in one text." — Jennifer Woolard, Georgetown University

"The competitive advantage [of this book] is that its content and flavor are well-grounded in the community psychology ethos. It also does a better job at including issues of diversity." — Kelly L. Hazel, Community Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator, Metropolitan State University

"I am most pleased to endorse the textbook, Community Psychology: Guiding Principles and Orienting Concepts, by Jennifer Kofkin Rudkin.

This text is one that we have decided to adopt for our undergraduate Community Psychology lecture classes here at Illinois, and I have personally been assigning the text to first year Clinical/Community graduate students as a supplement to their reading of articles and chapters. I have found this text to provide a thoughtful introduction to students at any level who need to quickly grasp the broad scope of community psychology, its values, range of research and action. The book is well written, explains complicated concepts and is a genuine scholarly contribution to the literature. It does more than report the work of others; it asserts a point of view and a conceptual framework while providing many concrete illustrations of community research and action.

Please feel free to quote any or all of this endorsement in advertising. I would be glad to add additional thoughts if that is helpful to you. This is a book that I hope will become widely read.
" — Julian Rappaport, Professor of Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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This new text provides a clear and compelling organization that conveys the unique perspective of community psychology. Written in an engaging style, and including photos, cartoons, and graphics, the text promotes students' enthusiasm and interest in creating change.

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I'm near the end of my semester now and having read the book in its entirety, I feel I can now offer an informed opinion as to its contents. I have never read any book that was as rife with grammatical errors as this one. The sheer volume of errors is mind boggling! I simply cannot believe my university required this book for my community psychology course. I have talked with other students in my class and they feel the same way. It is difficult for me to respect the author's point of view when the book has been edited so poorly. In fact, I tried to find out if English is the author's second language. If I had found the answer to be in the affirmative, at least that would have provided some explanation, but alas, I did not. I can only assume English is her first language. This is a tragedy of publication. In my desperation for an explanation, I then thought, "Well perhaps the publisher is not very well known and they didn't have the resources for a proper proofreader." WRONG! The publisher is Prentice Hall! One of the most prolific publishers of college textbooks around. How this book made it past even one editor is amazing to me. I have kept every one of my psychology books. This one will be thrown away. I do not even want to try to sell it for fear of putting another student through the experience I had. The only thing about this course that made it enjoyable was the professor. If it weren't for him, I would have dropped this course with prejudice. In fact, I have submitted my feelings to the department Dean for requiring this book for the community psychology course. I do not want another student to be forced to pay for a product not suitable for elementary school.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2009
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I purchased this book for a community psychology class. I have found it to be quite a satisfactory text for my purposes. Its use of five guiding principles to illustrate the fundamental concepts of community psychology has proved an invaluable clarification for me in a variety of situations. However (having paid upwards of $100 for this book), I was shocked to see that the "and" in the book's title is actually MISSING an "A." That's right-- the cover of my text reads "Community Psychology: Guiding Principles ND Orienting Concepts." Every image I see online of this book is correct-- but my version contains this one typo (which is repeated on the back of the book!). Does anybody else have this version of the book?
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