writings for a liberation psychology 12 essays by Ignacio Martín-Baró
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
"Ignacio Martín-Baró's essays reveal the workings of a mind that was probing and humane, wide-ranging in interests and passionate in concerns, and dedicated with a rare combination of intelligence and heroism to the challenge his work sets forth 'to construct a new person in a new society.' His life and achievement are a true inspiration."
"Just as American theology has been invigorated in the past twenty years by the socially engaged theology emanating from Latin America, psychology can also draw critical insights from the contributions of third-world psychologists, such as Martín-Baró. Doing his research amid terror and uprootedness, Martín-Baró raises piercing questions about the assumptions of conventional psychological methods. In our time of dislocation and ethnic strife, his work is even more relevant than when he first composed it."
—Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School
“Although each of the chapters is a discrete psychological study, the collection is in part an autobiography that reveals the dialectical relationship between Martín-Baró’s epistemology and his engagement in the Salvadoran conflict…We [are] provoked to imagine what an emancipatory psychology in the United States would entail.”
—Ramsay Liem, Boston College
When Mumia Abu-Jamal's Death Blossoms came out in 1997, Adrianne was amazed to find in it a reference to Ignacio's work. She wrote to Mumia, saying how happy it made her to see his respect for Martin-Baro, saying that it underlined what we all knew was true: it's all one struggle.
Mumia wrote back.
Dear Adrianne: Ona Move!
Thank you so much for yours of 20 Nov. 1997; I remember your name from the introductory preface of Martín-Baró’s masterwork. It was an invaluable resource for my undergraduate study.
I hope you and Ignacio forgive the typo (p. 51) as Blossoms was particularly difficult to edit/proof. I found his work to share cogent points w/ Fanon’s work and both to be utterly extraordinary men. Both were implacable enemies of empire.
Your work on Martín-Baró was a truly remarkable contribution to radical human knowledge. I thank you!
Thanx too for your support of 12/6/97.
Alla Best! Ona Move!
Mumia Abu Jamal