Date: 29 Jan 2009

Towards a Really Social Psychology: Liberation Psychology Beyond Latin America

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Introduction

In this chapter, we will explore the implications of the Liberation Psychology (LP) that developed in Latin America for psychological theory and praxis in what we call the Core Capitalist Countries (CCCs). To do this requires the identification of the key characteristics of those countries, of Latin American Liberation Psychology (LALP) itself, and of the main characteristics of already existing psychological alternatives in the CCCs. It is our view that psychologists in the CCCs can learn a great deal from the experience of LP and specifically from the example of its key originator, Ignacio Martín-Baró. We can use that learning in the development of a progressive applied social–political–psychological practice. However, our reading of LP is done from a perspective that is situated outside the Latin American cradle of LP (Burton, 2004a) and is peculiar to our own experience and outlook.

Nature of the CCCs

We use the term Core Capitalist Countries...