Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change

Mark S. Aber, Kenneth I. Maton, Edward Seidman, James G. Kelly

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This book combines a focus on understanding social settings as loci for empowering intervention with a focus on understanding and giving voice to citizens. The book illuminates advances in theory and method relevant to changing a broad spectrum of social settings (including programs, organizations, institutions, communities, and social policy) from a strengths-based perspective. Three cross-cutting concepts-a strengths-based approach to research and social action, empowerment, and narrative research methods-serve as integrating and foundational themes. Part I takes up issues of setting processes and outcomes of influence, research methods, and implications for setting and community change efforts and social policy. Part II examines how action scientists have sought to understand and amplify the voices of those individuals and communities who serve as the focus of their research and social change actions. Finally, the chapters in Part III seek to situate the rest of the volume's chapters in the context of decades of work on empowering settings, giving voice and social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864508
ISBN (Print)0195380576, 9780195380576
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Citizens
  • Communities
  • Empowering settings
  • Institutions
  • Outcomes
  • Processes
  • Research methods
  • Social change
  • Social policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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