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Citation

Comas-Di-az L, Lykes MB, Alarco-n RD. Am. Psychol. 1998; 53(7): 778-792.

Affiliation

Transcultural Mental Health Institute, 1301 20th Street, NW, #711, Washington, DC 20036.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1998, American Psychological Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

9735060

Abstract

Ethnic identity and conflict in Guatemala, Peru, and Puerto Rico are complexly embedded within dynamic systems of class- and race-based geopolitics. Whereas overt violence and terror have permeated both Guatemalan and Peruvian societies, overt conflict has undermined Puerto Rican nationhood. Despite similarities among these 3 countries of Hispano-America, there are important particularities that inform psychological theory and practice. This article explores selected contributions of a psychology of liberation informed by indigenous psychologies and reflexive praxis. The challenges these conflicts and their consequences pose to psychologists seeking to work with populations most deeply affected by these social inequalities are analyzed. It concludes with suggestions of how psychology can move toward the development of community-based responses to psychosocial oppression that foster enhanced individual and collective development in a context of social change.


Language: en

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