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Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons

By Mary Watkins
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  • Author: Mary Watkins
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Edition: 1
A landmark book that maps a radical model not only for the "helping" professions but for the work of solidarity

This timely and pathbreaking volume maps a radical model of accompaniment, exploring its profound implications for solidarity. Psychosocial and ecological accompaniment is a mode of responsive assistance that combines psychosocial understanding with political and cultural action. Accompaniment--grounded in horizontality, interdependence, and potential mutuality--moves away from hierarchical and unidirectional helping-profession approaches that decontextualize suffering. Watkins envisions a powerful paradigm of mutual solidarity with profound implications for creating commons in the face of societal division and indifference to suffering.

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