Ignacio Martín-Baró’s Social Psychology of Liberation: Situated Knowledge and Critical Commitment Against Objectivism

  • Bernardo Jiménez-DomínguezEmail author
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In his book Acción e Ideología. Psicología Social desde Centroamérica [Action and Ideology: Social Psychology from Central America] (Martín-Baró, 1983), Ignacio Martín-Baró defined his critical social psychology as a discipline whose objective is to examine the ideological component of human behavior. It assumes that all significant human action attempts to bring society’s interests in line with those of the individual. Thus, social psychology represents the moment in which society’s interests become one with the individual and individual interests become one with the society.

In Latin America, a critical social psychology would demonstrate how an oppressive social system is enabled and justified by elites who promulgate the belief that people are passive, submissive, and fatalistic in regard to the prospect of changing society toward a more socially just arrangement. This would be his contribution to a critical social psychology and to a vision of a true democratization process that...


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Thanks are due to Robert S. Kopec and Dave Harper for their helpful comments on the translation of earlier drafts of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Studies CenterUniversity of GuadalajaraMexico

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