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Liberation praxis in psychology and social science.

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Mark H Burton
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This accessible textbook draws upon progressions in academic, political and global arenas, to provide a comprehensive overview of practical issues in psychological work across a diverse range of community settings. Interest in community psychology, and its potential as a distinctive approach, is growing and evolving in parallel with societal and policy changes. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition covers crucial issues including decolonial approaches, migration, social justice, and the environmental crisis. It has a new chapter on archive research, working with data, policy analysis and development, to reflect the continuously developing global nature of community psychology. Key features include: Sections and chapters organised around thinking, acting and reflecting Case examples and reflections of community psychology in action Discussion points and ideas for exercises that can be undertaken by the reader, in order to extend critical understanding Aiming to provide readers with not only the theories, values and principles of community psychology, but also with the practical guidance that will underpin their community psychological work, this is the ideal resource for any student of community, social, and clinical psychology, social work, community practice, and people working in community-based professions and applied settings. As a published book, in print, it is not available as a free text.
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Critical psychology should both affirm liberatory modes of doing psychology and engage with the lived reality of those oppressed within current social systems. For this version of critical psychology, the model of 'prefigurative action research' is advocated as an integrating framework. It is characterised by: an analysis of both the structural and ideological dimensions of oppression an emphasis on creating and sustaining examples of alternative forms of social relations that provide a vision of a just society the participation of less powerful people multiple cycles of reflection, doing and knowing simultaneous attention to both agency and structure in emancipatory practice. Some of the ideas underpinning the approach are described. Examples are given of prefigurative action research in practice.
Burton, M., & Gómez, L. (2015). Chapter 37 “Liberation Psychology: Another Kind Of Critical Psychology.” In Handbook of Critical Psychology. Hove, East Sussex ; New York, NY: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781848722187/
In this article we seek to reflect critically on some recent research we have carried out, in collaboration with a Chinese welfare NGO, on the experience of forced labor among Chinese migrant workers in the UK. We will (a) locate briefly the wider political context of migrant work (both regular and irregular) in the UK; (b) explore how and why the actual research methods and process of the research deviated in practice from those that were planned; and (c) show the extent to which aspects of the research process reflected a liberation psychology perspective.