From Where We Stand: Reflecting On Engagements With Decolonial Feminist Community Psychology

  • Peace KiguwaEmail author
  • Puleng Segalo
Part of the Community Psychology book series (COMPSY)


In an earlier conversation we highlighted the challenges and silences in psychology concerning feminist psychology (Segalo and Kiguwa, Feminism and Psychology, 25(1): 78–83, 2015). In particular, we highlighted the challenges of mentorship, marginalisation of feminist work and Black scholars in the discipline, and the hegemony of western-centric knowledge systems. In this chapter, we reflect on these continued gaps and challenges with particular focus on our work in the academy. Through a decolonial feminist lens we highlight aspects of our teaching (including supervision and mentorship), community work, and research. In doing so, we engage the complexities of working from a decolonial feminist perspective highlighting the potential for disruption of the academic space. Furthermore, we argue that the separation of academic and community work remains a barrier to doing decolonial work. This is because decontextualised psychology is inadequate in its engagement with communities. Finally, we discuss the potential of a decolonial feminist community psychology for re-imagining the discipline.


Decolonial community feminist psychology Black scholars Mentorship Supervision 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Office of Research and Graduate Studies College of Human SciencesPretoriaSouth Africa

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