Writings for a Liberation Psychology by Ignacio Martin-Baro
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Writings for a Liberation Psychology
By Ignacio Martin-Baro

Writings for a Liberation Psychology

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Writings for a Liberation Psychology by Ignacio Martin-Baro

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"In your country," Ignacio Martin-Baro remarked to a North American colleague, "it's publish or perish. In ours, it's publish "and" perish." In November 1989 a Salvadoran death squad extinguished his eloquent voice, raised so often and so passionately against oppression in his adopted country. A Spanish-born Jesuit priest trained in psychology at the University of Chicago, Martin-Baro devoted much of his career to making psychology speak to the community as well as to the individual. This collection of his writings, the first in English translation, clarifies Martin-Baro's importance in Latin American psychology and reveals a major force in the field of social theory.Gathering essays from an array of professional journals, this volume introduces readers to the questions and concerns that shaped Martin-Baro's thinking over several decades: the psychological dimensions of political repression, the impact of violence and trauma on child development and mental health, the use of psychology for political ends, religion as a tool of ideology, and defining the "real" and the "normal" under conditions of state-sponsored violence and oppression, among others. Though grounded in the harsh realities of civil conflict in Central America, these essays have broad relevance in a world where political and social turmoil determines the conditions of daily life for so many. In them we encounter Martin-Baro's humane, impassioned voice, reaffirming the essential connections among mental health, human rights, and the struggle against injustice. His analysis of contemporary social problems, and of the failure of the social sciences to address those problems, permits us to understand not only the substance of his contribution to social thought but also his lifelong commitment to the campesinos of El Salvador."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674962477
ISBN-10: 0674962478
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Adrianne Aron is a member of the Committee for Health Rights in Central America. Shawn Corne is a member of the Committee for Health Rights in Central America. Elliot G. Mishler is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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