Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Decolonization and Psychology

  • Jeffrey Paul AnsloosEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200170-1


The meaning of decolonization is multidimensional with various interpretations across disciplines. Decolonization in relationship to the discipline of psychology has been understood primarily in terms of its historical emergence as a critical political theory movement and has more recently been re-examined in the paradigmatic and methodological sense. While the topic of decolonization has various historical and contemporary debates, in recent years, there remain critical tensions which have emerged in terms of decolonization and psychology. These tensions and implications for research and applied practice in psychology are explored in this article, in particular, as they relate to the psychological study of religion and spirituality.

Decolonization and Psychology, Theoretical and Historical Foundations

Scholarship on decolonization gained prominence in the twentieth century, in large part due to what has come to be known as the postcolonial movement, which includes, among...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Psychology and Human DevelopmentOntario Institute for Studies in Education – University of TorontoTorontoCanada