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[Xmca-l] Re: Community Psychology

Greg, for an overview of the Yale Psycho-Educational Clinic, see:

Goldenburg, I. and Levine, M. (1969), The development and evolution of the YALE PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL CLINIC. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 18, 101–110. doi: 10.1111/j. 1464-0597.1969.tb00671.x


On Mar 22, 2016, at 7:22 PM, Greg Thompson wrote:

Just wondering if you had any observations to share about the Yale
Psycho-Educational Clinic?
(or maybe you had left Yale by then?).
Seemed like an interesting attempt to create a setting that would be neat
to hear more about from the outside.

On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 1:19 PM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

Trying to follow through on each of the concepts, Cliff.

In this connection, I notice that you use the term "activity setting" which you attribute to Vygotsky. The book I took the McDermott materials from is called "Understanding Practice: Perspectives on activity and context. In that book, in the discussions among authors, Engestrom is led to declare
that "the activity is the context."

So my mind is spinning around what an activity setting might refer to over and above "activity." And then there is the question of how your use of the term context and the word setting relate to each other. And all of this is
presumably closely linked to the discussion on text/context.

Interesting to revisit old topics from new perspectives.


On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM, Cliff O'Donnell <cliffo@hawaii.edu>

Thanks, Mike. Attached is the manuscript for my 2012 article with Roland. In it we discuss how we are using the concepts of context, culture, and
Note that context is expressed in one of the goals of community
by its professional organization,
the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA):
‘'to promote theory development and research that increases
our understanding of human behavior in context’'
(SCRA 2010 )."

After discussing the many meanings of culture, we used the definition as
the "shared meanings of people, developed through their history
and activities." Also in our discussion of intersubjectivity, we noted "intersubjectivity does not imply uniformity. Diversity may be a shared
agreement about process may allow frequent conflict, and there will
be differences among people in their skills, thoughts, experience, and
emotions. In
addition, activity settings are dynamic; their characteristics are in
and, therefore, the intersubjectivity of their participants change over
time (O’Donnell et al.
1993, p. 507)."


On Mar 20, 2016, at 8:26 AM, mike cole wrote:

Alfredo's comments sent me looking for background material on the CC side
of Roland and Cliff's article.

There is an article by Seymour as part of a special issue of MCA a while
ago. It seems not to have attraced the notice it deserves.Attached.
Also attached is a recent summary of Community Psychology and
research which seemed like promising background and perhaps a source of
additional ideas, since intervention is what so many us do

Myself, I have been thinking about why Roland and Cliff identified
secondary intersubjectivity as a key common principle.



It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an
that creates history. Ernst Boesch
<Revisiting the Creating of Settings.pdf><communitypsych.pdf>


It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
that creates history. Ernst Boesch

Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
880 Spencer W. Kimball Tower
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

Clifford R. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Past-President, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)

University of Hawai‘i
Department of Psychology
2530 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822