(De)colonizing Culture in Community Psychology: Reflections from Critical Social Science

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Reyes Cruz, Mariolga and Sonn, Christopher (2011) (De)colonizing Culture in Community Psychology: Reflections from Critical Social Science. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47 (1-2). pp. 203-214. ISSN 0091-0562 (print) 1573-2770 (online)


Since its inception, community psychology has been interested in cultural matters relating to issues of diversity and marginalization. However, the field has tended to understand culture as static social markers or as the background for understanding group differences. In this article the authors contend that culture is inseparable from who we are and what we do as social beings. Moreover, culture is continually shaped by socio-historical and political processes intertwined within the globalized history of power. The authors propose a decolonizing standpoint grounded in critical social science to disrupt understandings of cultural matters that marginalize others. This standpoint would move the field toward deeper critical thinking, reflexivity and emancipatory action. The authors present their work to illustrate how they integrate a decolonizing standpoint to community psychology research and teaching. They conclude that community psychology must aim towards intercultural work engaging its political nature from a place of ontological/epistemological/methodological parity.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9112
DOI 10.1007/s10464-010-9378-x
Official URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10464-...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID23546, culture, colonialism, critical theory, decolonizing standpoint, autoethnography, critical ethnography
Citations in Scopus 79 - View on Scopus
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