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How coloniality shapes the making of Latin American psychologists: ethnographic evidence from Ecuador

Capella Palacios, M; Jadhav, S; (2020) How coloniality shapes the making of Latin American psychologists: ethnographic evidence from Ecuador. International Review of Psychiatry , 32 (4) pp. 348-358. 10.1080/09540261.2020.1761777. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper provides ethnographic evidence on how coloniality shapes the making of Latin American psychologists. A critical ethnography was conducted at a psychology training institution in Ecuador, consisting of twelve months of participant observation; forty-one semi-structured interviews; and analysis of academic discourse, photos, videos and relevant social media content. The research was guided by the tradition of Critical Psychology – specifically Liberation Psychology – and Critical Discourse Analysis. Findings suggest the pervasiveness of coloniality in the making of Ecuadorian psychologists and, hypothetically, of others in Latin America and the wider Global South. Interpretations also highlight the non-essentialist, non-dichotomist, ‘messy’ nature of such processes, a consideration which may advance current ethical and analytical debates on decolonisation. Echoing ongoing critical arguments, authors suggest that a ‘help-as-war’ metaphor is a category with potential value to contribute to such advancement, an approach that has important theoretical and pragmatic implications for researchers and practitioners.

Type: Article
Title: How coloniality shapes the making of Latin American psychologists: ethnographic evidence from Ecuador
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09540261.2020.1761777
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540261.2020.1761777
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ecuador, Global South, Latin America, Professional identity, colonial, critical discourse analysis, critical ethnography, global mental health, metaphor, psychology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135484
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