Beyond awareness of 'difference' and towards social action: 'Solidarity practice' alongside young people

Afuape, Taiwo (2016) Beyond awareness of 'difference' and towards social action: 'Solidarity practice' alongside young people. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 21 (3). pp. 402-415. ISSN 1359-1045 (Print); 1461-7021 (Electronic)

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Who I am as a working-class black African woman cannot be disconnected from how I work. It shapes my lens with regard to power, difference and liberation. It is not surprising that I have been drawn to social justice approaches to psychological intervention, such as Narrative Therapy, Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), social constructionist systemic therapy and liberation psychology. These practices involve taking up the cause of the oppressed in ways that respect them as agents of their own liberation. In this article, I describe what I term ‘solidarity practice’ with young people and their families as a counter force resisting the increasingly blaming and individualising discourse of mainstream psychology, psychiatry and social policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print: 27th May 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: CMM, Liberation Psychology, Children Young People and Families, Difference, Narrative Therapy, Power, Solidarity
Subjects: Families > Families - Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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