Creating Empowerment in Communities: Theory and Practice from an International Perspective


Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status, Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: SOC026000

This is a new book that will address the ways in which the theory andd of empowerment can be established and sustained in a variety of community settings and for a variety of target groups, and that may operate at different levels, from individual to societal.

In this book, the authors aim to explore and illustrate how inclusive communities can be created and sustained through the development and implementation of empowerment strategies at various levels: Individual, peer, community and societal. The authors utilize the framework of the Dynamic Synergy Model, outlined in Chapter Two, as the context in which we can understand and then actualize the ideals of inclusive communities.

In the first two chapters of this volume, the authors outline the concept of inclusive communities, beginning with the initial notion of inclusion, and how that concept has been applied in a variety of settings. They then discuss the topic of empowerment, its theoretical foundations and evolution, including a critique of the concept and the inherent power dynamics of community-based work. In Chapter Two, the authors outline the various levels of empowerment, introduce the Dynamic Synergy Model and delineate a variety of components for establishing and sustaining empowering activities at a variety of levels, in various settings, with evidence or goals for any of the elements outlined for establishing and sustaining empowerment goals with a variety of methods. The authors especially encourage contributions that can illustrate the implementation and/or evaluation of work that exemplifies the Dynamic Synergy Model.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Creating Inclusive Communities through Synergistic Empowerment
(Mary McCall, PhD, Faculty Diversity Coordinator Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA, US)

Chapter 2. The “Dynamic Synergy Model for Empowerment”
(Tokie Anme, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 3. Trauma-Sensitive Schools as Inclusive Communities
(Marion Baldus, PhD, University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany)

Chapter 4. Citizen Participation in Local Projects
(Holger Stolarz, PhD, Bonn, Germany)

Chapter 5. Ageing Well in an Urban Quarter: The Impact of a Local Network on Inclusion and Empowerment
(Uwe Sperling, PhD, Ulrich Coqui, PhD, Anne Stöhr, PhD, Brigitte Walther-Lotz, PhD, Petra Anton, PhD, and Melanie Becke, PhD, Department of Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany, and others)

Chapter 6. Empowering Older People in Different Contexts through Social Ties
(Karl Hedman, PhD, Cecilia Henning, PhD, and Lars Svensson, PhD, Department of Social Work, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden, and others)

Chapter 7. Telecare Provision as Part of Community Social Care for Older People in England: Objectives and (Missed) Opportunities
(Nicole Steils, PhD, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom)

Chapter 8. Community-Based Empowerment for Children in Migrant Families and Elders in China
(Lian Tong, PhD, and Bailiang Wu, PhD, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and others)
Chapter 9. Empowering the Elderly Population of Mongolia
(Amarsanaa Gan-Yadam, PhD, Philanthropy Center for Children and the Elderly in Mongolia)

Chapter 10. Interactive Community Empowerment Program and Adaptation of ICT for Health Promotion: Life Course Approach with Longitudinal Cohort Study
(Emiko Tanaka, PhD, Etsuko Tomisaki, PhD, Taeko Watanabe, PhD, Yuko Sawada, PhD, Mihoko Otake, PhD and Tokie Anme, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, and others)


Keywords: community empowerment, the Dynamic Synergy Model, health science, nursing, social work, social tie, gerontrogy, care quality, public health, evidence-based care

Audience: Health care professionals such as Public health nursing, Nursing, Social work, Health Science, Social Epidemiology, Gerontrogy, Child development, Child care and Community design.

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