Interdependent Diversities: Reflections on the Community-Diversity Dialectic
American Journal of Community Psychology
This commentary reflects on the Community-Diversity Dialectic, summarizing its development and reviewing its impact on community psychology research and practice. Two contemporary examples are presented to illustrate both the possibilities of and challenges to bridging the gap between sense of community and diversity: the rise of the so-called “alt-right” on the one hand, and the popularity of Pokémon Go on the other. The article concludes with a brief discussion of Kurt Lewin's contributions to group dynamics theory, recommending that an emphasis on our interdependent fates and goals is paramount to reconciling the tensions between sense of community and diversity that persist in an increasingly complex multicultural world.
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Townley, G. (2017). Interdependent Diversities: Reflections on the Community‐Diversity Dialectic. American Journal of Community Psychology.