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Writings for a Liberation Psychology

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ISBN-10: 0674962478

ISBN-13: 9780674962477

Edition: 1994

Authors: Ignacio Mart�n-Bar�, Adrianne Aron, Shawn Corne, Elliot G. Mishler

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"In your country," Ignacio Martiacute;n-Baroacute; 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, Martiacute;n-Baroacute; 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 Martiacute;n-Baroacute;'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 Martiacute;n-Baroacute;'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 Martiacute;n-Baroacute;'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

Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 257
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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.

Note on the Translation
The Psychology Of Politics And The Politics Of Psychology
Toward a Liberation Psychology Translated
The Role of the Psychologist Translated
Power, Politics, and Personality Translated
Political Socialization: Two Critical Themes Translated
The Political Psychology of Work Translated
War And Trauma
War and Mental Health Translated
War and the Psychosocial Trauma of Salvadoran Children Translated
Religion as an Instrument of Psychological Warfare Translated
The Psychological Value of Violent Political Repression Translated
De-Ideologizing Reality
"The People": Toward a Definition of a Concept Translated
Public Opinion Research as a De-ideologizing Instrument Translated
The Lazy Latino: The Ideological Nature of Latin American Fatalism Translated
Bibliography Complete Works of Ignacio Martin-Baro Works by Other Authors