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Title: Partnerships as knowledge encounters : a psychosocial theory of partnerships for health and community development
Authors: Aveling, Emma-Louise
Jovchelovitch, Sandra
First Published: 5-Nov-2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal of Health Psychology, 2014, 19 (1), pp. 34-45
Abstract: In this article, we present a psychosocial theory of partnership, illustrated with case studies from Cambodia and Brazil. Partnerships are conceptualised as encounters with the knowledge of self and others, entailing processes of representation and communication between all stakeholders involved, and shaped by institutional and sociocultural contexts. We argue that partnership is an evolving practice that requires critical reflection and the creation of enabling institutional contexts. As such, it must be understood not as a tool for intervention, but as part of the intervention and definition of success.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1359105313509733
ISSN: 1359-1053
eISSN: 1461-7277
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s), 2013. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
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