About Liberation and Psychology: An Introduction

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Sonn, Christopher and Montero, Maritza (2009) About Liberation and Psychology: An Introduction. In: Psychology of Liberation: Theory and Applications. Sonn, Christopher and Montero, Maritza, eds. Peace Psychology Book Series . Springer, New York, pp. 1-10.


The psychology of liberation, as the readers will find out in the first chapter of this book, has its roots in a paradigmatic change that started in the second half of the twentieth century, in Latin American social sciences. One could say that the idea of liberation arose from a fresh and renovating spirit that reflected the times as change traversing across the continent. And as also can be read in the chapters included in this book, there are certain characteristics that have marked those initial moments. During the 25 years between the sixties and the mid-eighties, when the creation of a psychology of liberation was proposed by its pioneer, Ignacio Martín-Baró, the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, pedagogy, philosophy, and theology, were introducing and discussing certain conceptions and ideas linked to social and political movements while denouncing oppression, exclusion, exploitation.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/5142
Official URL http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-0-387-85...
ISBN 9780387857831 (print) 9780387857848 (online) 2197-5787 (ISSN)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID18218, civil rights movements, social psychology, national liberation movements, liberty, democracy, liberation psychology
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