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Writings for a Liberation Psychology


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Foreword by Elliot G. Mishler Note on the Translation Introduction PART I: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POLITICS AND THE POLITICS OF PSYCHOLOGY 1 Toward a Liberation Psychology Translated by Adrianne Aron 2 The Role of the Psychologist Translated by Adrianne Aron 3 Power, Politics, and Personality Translated by Phillip Berryman 4 Political Socialization: Two Critical Themes Translated by Adrianne Aron 5 The Political Psychology of Work Translated by Cindy Forster PART II: WAR AND TRAUMA 6 War and Mental Health Translated by Anne Wallace 7 War and the Psychosocial Trauma of Salvadoran Children Translated by Anne Wallace 8 Religion as an Instrument of Psychological Warfare Translated by Tod Sloan 9 The Psychological Value of Violent Political Repression Translated by Anne Wallace PART III: DE-IDEOLOGIZING REALITY 10 "The People": Toward a Definition of a Concept Translated by Adrianne Aron 11 Public Opinion Research as a De-ideologizing Instrument Translated by Jean Carroll and Adrianne Aron 12 The Lazy Latino: The Ideological Nature of Latin American Fatalism Translated by Phillip Berryman Bibliography Complete Works of Ignacio Martin-Baro Works by Other Authors Acknowledgments

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Reveals the workings of a mind that was probing and humane, wide-ranging in interests and passionate in concerns, and dedicated with a rare combination of intelligence and heroism to the challenge his work sets forth to construct a new person in a new society. -- Noam Chomsky, MIT

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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.


Martin-Baró was a Spanish-born Jesuit priest and a University of Chicago-trained psychologist, teacher, and administrator at El Salvador's Universidad Centroamericana. Along with five other Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her teenaged daughter, he was murdered by soldiers in November 1989. The murders outraged the world. Having lived in a country where poverty and government oppression was the norm, Martin-Baró's aim in his work and writing was always human liberation. For the first translation of his writings into English, the editors have selected various journal articles from his long career. Most poignantly, Martin-Baró argues that traditional psychology's image of the human person is falsely abstract and fails to consider the real-life social and economic conditions that form people. Not in the line of traditional social psychology, these essays nonetheless offer an important argument from an important man. Recommended especially for academic collections in psychology or social theory.-John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York

These essays touch on religion as a tool of ideology, the meaning of work and the way in which reality becomes fragmented in a politically repressed society...Those who worked to bring forth these essays have added a measure of justice to his life. -- Richard Higgins Boston Globe Martin-Baro's essays are...characterized by a concreteness and a passion for justice, and they offer tremendous insights into Salvadoran society as well as the struggle for liberation. -- Terry Coonan Human Rights Quarterly Adrianne Aron and Shawn Corne's excellent introduction contextualizes the volume, both within the Salvadoran peasant communities with whom much of Martin-Baro's work was developed and within the academic/intellectual communities to whom it is addressed. The chapters are organized around three major themes, which are, arguably, the major dimensions along which Martin-Baro's work developed: political psychology, war and trauma, and "de-ideologizing" reality. The selections demonstrate his contributions to social psychology as well as his intense involvement in the social reality of his adoptive country, El Salvador...[This is an] excellent volume. It is required reading for psychologists seeking a more critical psychology--one that takes responsibility for its social position and privilege, and challenges the status quo. It is an equally important resource for those who seek ideas and examples for developing "indigenous psychology" from the base of marginalized people's lives, in coalition with them. -- M. Brinton Lykes World Psychology

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