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"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, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Harvard University Press (first published December 12th 1994)
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Julio Bonilla
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Martín-Baró argued that psychology has created a fictionalized and ideologized image of what it means to be human based on its ahistoricism and bias toward individualism.


I had this book for a Latino(Raza) class in college. I’m keeping it. I LOVE HISTORY!!!

Adam Burston
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite pieces of psychological literature. Unlike many liberation-oriented psychologists, Ignatio's work is grounded in culturally salient therapies and modern methodology. Furthermore, Martin-Baro distances himself from psychology's proclivity to focus exclusively on the individual and assumes a community-based orientation towards healing.

A welcome break from Western psychology's egocentric cognitivism, devoid of cultural perspectives.
Lucas
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
At times the writing is meandering or possibly poorly translated. Valuable ideas and interesting concepts are presented but not in the most clearly understood language unfortunately. For such a small book it was a slog getting through it but the most engaging ideas I took away were around "de-ideologizing reality" and the need people's public opinion research. So if you want to skim the book, I recommend the articles chapters that focus on those.
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