Welcome! Critical psychology and liberation psychology are diverse and energetic fields of inquiry and practice. Both are the fruit of decades of theoretical and methodological reflection, research, and practical work with communities and organizations. Scholars in critical psychology have demonstrated how the dominant ‘scientific’ and applied psychologies (and psychologists, therapists, and counselors) have directly and indirectly sustained social injustice. We identify this injustice in social systems characterized by dehumanizing violence, colonialism/coloniality, exploitation, and social exclusion – each channeled by classism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination and domination. We also expose and condemn the ideological matrices that support militarism, the prison-industrial complex, consumerism, police brutality, and environmental destruction, to name a few. And, closest to psychology itself, we critique and challenge a wide range of abuses and human rights violations in what is known as the psy-complex (psychiatry, diagnostic procedures, psychological assessment practices in education and the workplace, and so on.) Demonstrating exactly how these forms of collusion and direct participation in oppression and ideological processes work is part of the task of critical psychologies. Beyond critique, however, is the challenge of developing practices and action that disrupt and transform these structures of domination. We feel an urgent need to continue both critique and sociopolitical action, with special emphasis on the latter, as expressed in subdisciplines such as critical community psychology, the social psychology of liberation, and critical participatory action research, for example, as they work in tandem with social movements and political struggles.
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Information and links to activities and resources within APA Division 27, Society for Community Research and Action.
A decolonial parody/critique of the discipline of Social Psychology told as children's story in the tradition of Rudyard Kipling. Originally made as a teaching aid for an introduction to Social Psychology module in South Africa, 2001. Comic Sans titles and all.
Students and Faculty, Community, Liberation, Indigenous and Eco- Psychologies Specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Enjoy the annual newsletter--Hearing Voices-- of the MA/PhD Community, Liberation, Indigenous and Eco- Psychologies Specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Be inspired by student and faculty community, cultural, and ecological work!
Members of the African diaspora have faced systemic anti-Black violence in multiple contexts. The Black Lives Matter movement emerged from these various contexts. Given community psychology’s roots in social change, we wanted to provoke discussion on this growing...
This is the first of four seminars in a series leading to the GCAS Certificate in Critical Psychology. This seminar reviews the origins and foundations of critical psychology and provides an overview of contemporary work in critical and liberation psychology. Topics...
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Travel and Movement in Clinical Psychology: The World Outside the Clinic (Foreword by Jeffrey Sachs) – Miraj Desai
This book concerns clinical psychology, but it is most concerned with the world outside the clinic. That world—where culture, history, and economy are found—radically impacts the public’s mental health. However these worldly considerations often do not feature...
Psychology, the psychological, and critical praxis: A phenomenologist reads Frantz Fanon – Miraj Desai
This article situates the role of psychological investigations in analyses of social problems like colonialism and racism, via a phenomenological reading of the writings of Frantz Fanon. Emerging scholarship on Fanon’s use of psychology is beginning to elucidate how...
Video: Encontro preparatório da Rede Interamericana de Pesquisas em Psicanálise e Política (REDIPPOL) | 12-14/8/2018
Conferencias sobre el psicoanalisis y la politica, en español y portugués.
Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization (MA/PhD), Pacifica Graduate Institute
This degree program specialization is a bold initiative to forge transdisciplinary, decolonial, and transformative approaches to the critical personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time. Accomplishing this necessitates a radical engagement in...