Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation
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Consciousness-in-Action describes an approach to personal and social change in the context of oppression—society’s major hindrance to well-being and development. Drawing from psychology, sociology, social and integral theories, and over thirty years of contemplative practice and community work, this book proposes an integral framework for human well-being and development, a psychosocial analysis of the impact of identity-based power, and a libratory-transformative praxis for transcending internalized superiority and inferiority rooted in racism, sexism, Eurocentrism, classism, and other forms of institutional oppression. Consciousness-in-Action is required reading in academic programs in psychology, counseling, social work, and social justice education in the US and Latin America. Also used by political and spiritual activists, community organizers, anti-oppression trainers, integral practitioners and helping professionals, this work has been presented to audiences... More > internationally.< Less
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Jun 4, 2008"Book Review" INTEGRAL REVIEW June 2008 Vol. 4, No. 1 Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation and Transformation. Raul Quiñones Rosado. (2007). ile Publications, Caguas, Puerto Rico. by Bonnitta Roy Raul Quiñones-Rosado’s new book succeeds on many levels. He makes an important contribution to integral studies; he describes new ways for understanding group and self identity; he opens new ways for transmuting the processes of fear, oppression and victim-hood into liberation and transformation; he creates a unique synthesis between the highly rational-analytic AQAL model and the native American medicine wheel; and he creates a processural system that overlays and resonates with both models. His writing style is personal and intimate. He allows the reader to feel into his own experiences of oppression, and his own journey toward liberation and transformation. But because Quiñones-Rosado also has worked with various communities... More > on such issues, he is able to put the personal in context with the group—a necessary ingredient of his work. The main feature of Quiñones-Rosado’s process model relies on the metaphor of a cyclone. After Quiñones-Rosado identifies the various patterns of oppression with respect to each of the four AQAL quadrants, he shows us that these factors are not merely inter-related, but mutually inter-active and continually reinforcing the system of oppression. When visualized as a process, the system of oppression becomes a cyclone of oppression, “moving” inwards, causing continual contraction of self-identity. He describes two such levels of contraction: 1) the impact of cultural oppression on personal identity and 2) the psychosocial pattern of internalized inferiority. With these system models, Quiñones-Rosado is able to demonstrate how the processes of oppression accumulate tremendous power on the personal, cultural and institutional levels and therefore are highly resistant to change. The systems of oppression, Quiñones- Rosado is warning us, are active not static. In the second part of his book, Quiñones-Rosado puts consciousness in action. Again, overlaying the wisdom of the medicine wheel with the pluralistic methodology of the AQAL model, Quiñones-Rosado identifies positive patterns called “spheres” of action and influence. Quiñones-Rosado argues, if the direction of oppression is inward, toward contraction and stasis, the direction of consciousness is outward, toward liberation and transformation. With this process framework, Quiñones-Rosado is able to explain the possibility of fighting “fire with fire”, as it were, by activating the positive, outward momentum of conscious liberation. This momentum requires participation at the same levels that feed the cycle of oppression – and so the active response is multi-layered, multi-leveled, multi- perspectival, and integral. Consciousness-in-Action is a useful and purposeful manual for people interested in social activism at any level. It is also a wonderful personal narrative, giving us an insight into a caring, thoughtful, and hard-working integrated person. Finally, it is a great example for how integral writers can expand the existing models into process versions, into infinite riches of discourse.< Less
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- by Raúl Quiñones Rosado (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Raúl Quiñones Rosa
- November 28, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.82 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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