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Coloniality of being and knowledge in the history of psychology

  • Wade E. PickrenEmail author
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The emergence and growth of the psy-disciplines, accompanied by the psychologization of everyday life, has raised questions about the role of psychology in relation to power. Who does psychology serve? And what are its effects on the person? The author holds that psy-disciplines have largely been managerial in their effects, especially empowering the rise of the neoliberal state in the late 20th century. In the face of such managerialism, can there be a liberatory psychology? The efforts toward a psychology or psychologies of liberation have come primarily from the Global South, as in the work and writings of Paulo Freire and Ignacio Martín-Baró. The author links these efforts to the decolonial turn proffered by the ‘Modernity/Coloniality’ group led by such scholars as Walter Mignolo and Arturo Escobar. The essay then examines the scholarly discipline of history of psychology in the light of decoloniality and shows how it has been an agent of colonial being and knowledge. Alternatives are offered on how the field can break the legacy of coloniality and move toward a more liberatory stance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ithaca CollegeIthaca, New YorkUSA

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