Critical Community Psychology


Key concepts within CCP include the ideas of social action, social justice, social change, the ecological metaphor, the distinction between working at micro, meso and macro levels, praxis, powerlessness, politics, diversity, oppression and liberation (Burton & Kagan, 2001; Prilleltensky & Nelson, 2002; Prilleltensky, 2001).

Books & Chapters

Evans, S. D., Duckett, P., Lawthom, R., Kivell, N. (2017). Positioning the critical in community psychology. In M. A. Bond, I. Serrano-García, and C. B. Keys (Eds.). APA Handbook of Community Psychology: Vol. 1. Theoretical Foundations, Core Concepts, and Emerging Challenges (pp. 107-128). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Kagan, C., Burton, M., Duckett, P., Lawthom, R., & Siddiquee, A. (2011). Critical Community Psychology (1st ed.). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Prilleltensky, I., & Nelson, G. (1997). Community psychology: Reclaiming social justice. In D. Fox & I. Prilleltensky (Eds.), Critical psychology: An introduction (pp. 166-184). London: Sage.


Angelique, H. & Kyle, K. (2002). Monterey declaration of critical community psychology. The Community Psychologist, A Publication of the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association. 35(1), 35-36.

Burton, M. & Kagan, C. (2001). Community Psychology: Why this gap in Britain? Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Centennial Conference, Glasgow, March 2001. Available at

Fryer, D., Duckett, P., & Pratt, R. (2004). Critical community psychology: what, why and how? Clinical Psychology, 38, 39-43.

Thompson, M. (2005). The concepts, values and ideas of critical community psychology. Retrieved from