Gendering Peace and Liberation: A Participatory-Action Approach to Critical Consciousness Acquisition Among Women in a Marginalized Neighborhood

  • Violeta Luque-Ribelles
  • Nelson Portillo
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Many women from marginalized neighborhoods suffer injustices and structural violence due to patriarchal and macho-dominated culture as well as injustices stemming from precarious economic and social conditions (Christie, 2006). Their disadvantageous living conditions coupled with multiple levels of exclusion have a negative impact upon their well-being at the personal, relational, and community levels. In the field of community psychology, these areas of negative impact can be studied and addressed from different methodological and epistemological approaches. From the point of view of peace psychology and liberation psychology, conditions of inequality are understood primarily in terms of social injustice (Nelson & Prilleltensky, 2005; Rappaport & Seidman, 2000; Watts, Griffith, & Abdul-Adil, 1999). Yet community initiatives planned and executed with women from marginalized neighborhoods, informed by such perspectives, are scarce, especially in Europe. This chapter seeks to further...


Adolescent Mother Critical Consciousness Adolescent Pregnancy Semistructured Interview Social Injustice 
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The authors express their sincere thanks to the women, service professionals and the Office of Equal Rights of Seville (Victoria Martínez Ocón, Rosa Hermoso, María Osuna, Amparo Abellán and María del Mar Jiménez) for their participation, collaboration, and contributions during their community work. We also thank Trina Portillo for her insights and thorough review of previous versions of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Violeta Luque-Ribelles
    • 1
  • Nelson Portillo
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad de SevillaFacultad de PsicologíaC/ Camilo José Cela s/nSpain

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