Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Emancipation, Overview

  • Carl Ratner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_528


Emancipation is a distinctive way of conceptualizing the causes of problems as well as solutions to them. To say we need emancipation to solve problems implies their causation in oppression; they are not merely accidents, mistakes, or technical problems that stem from and can be resolved by addressing tax policy, monetary policy, mediation/negotiation, conventional education, or psychological interventions regarding risk strategies, open-mindedness, or communication strategies of listening skills and expressiveness. Emancipation explains crises and conflicts in terms of oppression by a power structure. An intransigent power structure benefits from crises and has no interest in solving them, and fights against reforms for correcting them. This is why emancipation from the oppressive power structure is necessary to solve the crises. If social problems were accidents or technical failures, there would be no need to call for emancipation.

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  1. 1.Institute for Cultural Research and EducationTrinidadUSA