Community psychology and liberation theologies: Commonalities, collaboration, dilemmas

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Community psychology and liberation theologies share an emphasis on personal and social transfor-mation through a process of liberation. Emerging in the 1960s in the climate of social change movements, both fields serve to challenge the dominant discourse of how and why to perform the tasks of theology and psychology. My purpose in this article is to put these fields into dialogue, with a focus on common-alities, collaboration, and dilemmas. After presenting an overview of the fields and their commonalities, I posit that liberation theologies can enrich the why and where of liberating structural change, whereas community psychology can enrich the how with con-ceptual tools such as multiple levels of analysis and social change strategies. I conclude with dilemmas internal to these fields and inherent in collaboration. My goal is to promote theoretical and practical col-laboration in the quest for liberatory social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-210
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychology and Theology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • General Psychology


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