Liberation psychology is an orientation to psychology that originated in Latin America. It drew on a number of currents of radical and critical praxis from the continent and was first articulated by Ignacio Martín Baró at the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) San Salvador, El Salvador.
Martín Baró was in touch with critical psychologists from Venezuela,
Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Cuba and this group has kept the approach
alive though regular congresses and publications.
Liberation psychology is orientated to the oppressed majority, the
excluded, the exploited. It uses the standpoint and the perspective of
the oppressed to interrogate psychological theory and practice to
de-ideologise but also to recover and rework approaches for a more
adequate psychology for the needs of the popular majority in Latin