Critical psychology and the American continent

From colonization and domination to liberation and emancipation

Authored by: Raquel S. L. Guzzo

Handbook of Critical Psychology

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

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

10.4324/9781315726526.ch42

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Abstract

A reflection on Psychology on the American continent brings out important elements through which we can uncover the conditions for critical psychology in this part of the world. At the same time, it points to the future that this profession may have in its engagement with everyday life and social issues historically constituted and difficult to solve. The history of the American continent, including the different economic and political positions from north to south, and the tensions, conflicts, and consequences that exist to the present day, forged psychology and left its marks, especially in professional practice. The aim of this chapter, to reflect on the critical psychology in the ‘American’ countries, will not be complete. The choice made here represents a particular position from which we can understand what the Americas are and how psychology developed in this part of the world.

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