Psicologia: Ciência e Profissão
Print version ISSN 1414-9893
GONCALVES, Mariana Alves and PORTUGAL, Francisco Teixeira. Notes about the history of community social Psychology in Brazil. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.spe, pp. 138-153. ISSN 1414-9893. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-98932012000500010.
This article discusses the trajectory of community social psychology in Brazil taking as primary material of analysis the annals of the national meetings of the Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social (ABRAPSO). The goal was to reconstruct the arguments made by authors of CSP in search of an identity for the area. The analysis sought to demonstrate the specificity of the PSC, the goals of their interventions and the meanings of community. We take the annals of the national meetings of ABRAPSO as the main source for the importance of the association in the production of conceptual devices and new forms of professional practice of psychologists in Brazil. We conclude the work indicating the emphasis on difference and antithesis between Latin and North American psychology as a strategic resource for identity affirmation in the area. We point to the importance of community work for the renewal of the psychologist practices in Brazil and the relative lack of conceptual reflection on the notion of community.
Keywords : Social Psychology-History; Community psychology; Professional organizations-Psychology; Applied psychology.