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ERIC Number: ED069835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 11
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Ecological Dynamics of the Inner City: Implications for Community Psychology.
Myers, Ernest R.
If community psychology is a discipline of principles, methods, and techniques designed to adapt tomorrow's psychologists to a community orientation and commitment, then ecological parameters necessarily become fundamental concerns. It is no revelation that urban America, particularly the central city, is characteristically the home site of "Black America." What are the ecological implications of this life style, or pattern, for community psychology's development? A fundamental implication for community psychology curricula suggests an emphasis on the phenomena of power and oppression in community dynamics. It is within this framework that the community psychologist can be seen as a "social interventionist" with a mission of assisting the power structure or bureaucracy to become more responsive to the needs of its clientele while simultaneously promoting people power by assisting community residents to cope and deal with the system's institutions. One means of implementing this educational process is to focus on a given neighborhood base. Further, it seems appropriate to attempt to study the role as community resources of selected neighborhood-based community institutions for both the people they serve and the power structure with which they interface. (Author/JM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, 1972