Liberation psychology

Another kind of critical psychology

Authored by: Mark Burton , Luis H. Gómez Ordóñez

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182


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The emergence of liberation psychology in Latin America can best be understood as an attempt to reform psychological praxis in relation to the fundamental questions of colonization and decolonization (Escobar 2007; Mignolo and Escobar 2010) in Latin America. This is to consider liberation psychology in terms of the dialogue between knowledge and practices in contexts marked by inequalities, exclusion, poverty, (neo)colonization, and violence. Despite the changes of recent decades (Stolowicz 2007), the history of Latin America, like other ‘peripheral’ (Wallerstein 1996) regions of the world, can be seen in terms of ‘open veins’ for extraction and exploitation (Galeano 1998) and, taking into account the interdependent dimensions that make this region the most unequal in the world (PNUD 2011), where exclusion and poverty embody different expressions of violence, particularly in some places, with recent memories of colonization and the signs of the coloniality of power, knowledge, and being.

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