New on

Some new material on on our documents page.

1)  A bibliography on Liberation Psychologies kindly provided by Mary Watkins- we aim to add to this – so your suggestions are very welcome.

2) Notes from Taiwo Afuape on the African contribution to Liberation Psychology and Community Psychology.  This is the first of the contributions from the round table: constructing liberation psychology that took place at the Barcelona International Community Psychology Congress or Conference. See also María Castro’s review of Taiwo’s 2011 book – Power Resistance and Liberation in Therapy with Survivors of Trauma (London: Routledge.)

3) What do we understand by Liberation Psychology – a typed-up rendering of the collective synthesis that we made at the participatory session that Tod Sloan and I facilitated, also at Barcelona. (Click on the title above or on the picture below to go to the pdf file).
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Taking the network further: a reflection and an invitation

Taking the network further:  a reflection and an invitation.


I got back to Manchester a week ago from a two month journey through various Latin American countries.  I began by attending part of the national liberation psychology conference in Costa Rica and then I was able to visit the Unversidad Centroamérica in San Salvador where Ignacio Martín-Baró lived and died.  I met psychologists working in Colombia with the victims of State and other violence.  I met with community social psychologists in Perú, Bolivia and Brasil who work with poor, marginalised and indigenous communities and social movements.  I was able to share our experiences and perspectives and learn from theirs.
I will be writing more formally about this, and have already drafted a paper that suggests critical psychology is in need of, and is already experiencing what, following the philosopher of liberation, Enrique Dussel, I call an ‘analectic turn’ – whereby it becomes more closely engaged in the social struggles and life experiences of those (actually or potentially) affected by psychology – what Martín-Baró called the ‘new interlocutor’ whose questioning corrects and enables the positive renovation of the discipline in the service of those in conditions of disadvantage.  What is clear to me is that despite differences in context, the  fundamental issues, and principles are things we all share in the face of global and local processes of exploitation and  through collective efforts to create a better world.
Meanwhile we need to think about how this network can develop to support our shared work to develop and promote psychology for liberation.  So far it has been mostly me making the resource available and a small number of you sharing some thoughts and resources.  We need to do more than this and do it collectively and democratically.
For those of us who will be in Barcelona at the end of June, at the International Congress of Community Psychology, there will be opportunities to explore this – Tod Sloan and I will be facilitating a participative event, using an ‘open space’ method, to enable a discussion as to how we can best build bridges between liberatory efforts in psychology.  This is scheduled at the end of the first full day of the congress and I suggest that those who are interested then convene to discuss how best to take the network forward.
I should also mention a round table on liberation psychology that morning.
Not everyone will be going to Barcelona of course, and it is also important to recognise that not all liberatory psychology is community psychology.  I therefore ask that those who are not going to Barcelona voice their thoughts on the way forward, either through the website (for example by commenting on this post) or through the google group ( or directly to me mark(AT) (replacing the (AT) with the @ symbol).
To get you started, there were some thoughts in my original call last autumn.
I look forward to your ideas.


Barcelona 2012

There is interest in a Liberation Psychology network event at the International Congress of Community Psychology in Barcelona June 2012.

An open group has been set up to discuss this on this site – see