Article on liberation ethics, coloniality and psychology

Here is a link to my article, “A Renewal of Ethics”, in the British monthly, The Psychologist.  The article is based on a lecture I gave at the British Psychological Society conference last Easter.  Rather breathlessly, it considers some ethical challenges, the inadequacy of dominant frameworks for guiding action, the origins of the contemporary malaise in the colonial encounter, and some alternative frameworks to consider.  Liberation thought runs through the article.  I’d like to develop the analysis presented in more detail in further work, so I’d really appreciate constructive comment, either on this site, by email, or where possible in  person. Read the article HERE.
Mark Burton

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Responding to contemporary crises: an ethical action framework.

This is the text of the lecture given by Mark Burton, recipient of the 2013 British Psychological Society award for promoting equality of opportunity, at the BPS Annual Conference, Harrogate, Yorkshire, 10th April, 2013.  The title is Responding to contemporary crises: an ethical action framework.  Maybe it doesn’t quite offer such a framework, but the lecture does try to explore some of the factors that make this necessary. It focuses in two contemporary crises, recent scandals in health and social welfare and the ecological crisis of climate change.  It introduces the concept of ideology-action-structure complexes and links the hegemonic ones to the overall ideology-action-structure complex of coloniality, introduced from 1492.  It contrasts professional ethical codes with the liberation ethics of Enrique Dussel and draws on Maritza Montero’s characterisation of the new liberatory and decolonising social science paradigm, adding an emphasis on the role of the public intellectual.  A more extended treatment of some of the themes can be found in the working paper: The mess we’re in.

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