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Title:Agency and Communion in the Conceptualization of Empowerment
Author(s):Van Uchelen, Collin Paul
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rappaport, Julian
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Abstract:Findings from both studies yield complementary perspectives that converge upon the individualistic and collectivistic models. These models are discussed in terms of the meta-concepts of agency and communion and the community psychology discourse on empowerment. Respondent experiences of collective strength or power within their communities are conceptualized in terms of a circle or field that both includes and extends beyond the individual. Implications for theory and research highlight the potential utility of recognizing the place of communion in the context of the discourse on empowerment. Implications for policy and practice suggest that interdependence can be a viable option for those who do find strength in settings that value communion.
Issue Date:2005
Description:157 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3182406
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2005

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