Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Liberation Psychology

  • Daniel J. GaztambideEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_812

Liberation psychology is an umbrella term for a cross-disciplinary movement in psychology which originated in Central and South America as a response to grievous social injustice, civil war, and political turmoil. It is most often associated with the work of Jesuit priest and social psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró (1942–1989) in El Salvador. Although he is often credited with popularizing the term in social and community psychology, it was “coined” and employed independently by Nancy Caro Hollander in her assessment of the progressive social justice initiatives of psychoanalysts who integrated the psychological insights of Freud with the social and economic analysis of Marx.

Liberation psychology is a broad movement in psychology comprised of multiple schools with different cultural and ideological origins. It is perhaps most often associated with the work of Jesuit priest and social psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró (1942–1989) in El Salvador, who called for a psychology which...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Union Theological Seminary Program in Psychiatry and ReligionNew YorkUSA