«Published in Journal for Social Distress & The Homeless, 2009, vol. 18, 3 & 4, 231-268. The Cultural Psychology of Oppression and Liberation Carl ...»
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Personal experience is not a guide to liberation, especially when personal experience is oppressed and oppressive, mystified and mystifying. Liberation is only illuminated by sophisticated, scientific, complex analysis of social conditions. Macro cultural psychology offers this kind of analysis that links with sociological, economic, educational, and medical analyses. If poor people lack this analysis, or the tools to generate it, they should be helped to acquire them. Jimenez proceeds in the opposite direction, to disparage sophisticated, complex, scientific analysis because it does not come from the people. This kind of identity politics is as harmful as depriving the poor of medical care because they did not discover it themselves.
Macro cultural psychology brings useful knowledge and analytical skills to the people to use and refine. This helps them analyze and transform their oppression in viable ways. This is not elitist or autocratic, any more than any teacher in a classroom is elitist or autocratic because she has knowledge to share with students. Liberation psychology would be better served by subsuming it
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