American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 195–201

Understanding, Resisting, and Overcoming Oppression: Toward Psychopolitical Validity


DOI: 10.1023/A:1023043108210

Cite this article as:
Prilleltensky, I. Am J Community Psychol (2003) 31: 195. doi:10.1023/A:1023043108210


My first objective in this paper is to synthesize, synoptically, the literature on oppression and liberation with the contributions to this special issue. To fulfil this aim I introduce a framework for understanding, resisting, and overcoming oppression. The framework consists of psychopolitical well-being; experiences, consequences, and sources of oppression; and actions toward liberation. Each of these components is subdivided into 3 domains of oppression and well-being: collective, relational, and personal. Experiences of suffering as well as resistance and agency are part of the framework. My second objective is to offer ways of closing the gap between research and action on oppression and liberation. To do so I suggest 2 types of psychopolitical validity: epistemic and transformative.

political validityoppressioncommunity interventionsresistance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody CollegeVanderbilt UniversityNashville