Writings for a Liberation Psychology
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Writings for a Liberation Psychology by Ignacio Martin-Baro
Book Description"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 DetailsISBN: 9780674962477
(235mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ignacio Martin-Baro
Revolution in El Salvador, Paperback (November 1994)» View all books by Ignacio Martin-Baro
A history of El Salvador focusing on the oligarchy and the armed forces, that shaped the economy and political system. Concentrating on the period since 1960, the author sheds light on the US role in the increasing militarization of the country and the origins of the 1979 oligarchy-army rupture.
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Author Biography - Ignacio Martin-Baro
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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