April 30, 2007

Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation, by Raúl Quiñones-Rosado, Ph.D., 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 work in communities-of-struggle and contemplative practice, this book proposes an integral framework for human well-being and development, a psychosocial analysis of the impact of identity-based power, and a liberatory-transformative praxis for transcending internalized superiority and inferiority rooted in racism, sexism, Eurocentrism, classism, and other forms of institutional oppression.

Consciousness-in-Action offers an alternative to prevailing dichotomous thinking and fragmented approaches aimed at personal or societal change which lack a broader, integral view of the whole and its dynamic nature. In so doing, the book emphasizes the impact of multiple, simultaneous oppressions on the integral development of persons, communities and societies, while it also asserts the vital role of social group identity development and other psycho-spiritual developmental processes on the path to liberation and transformation.

This book also describes principles and practices that guide the anti-oppression work of Ilé (formerly the Institute for Latino Empowerment), an organization committed to Latino/a leadership development and community organizing. Consciousness-in-Action will be found useful to community organizers, social and spiritual activists, social justice educators, helping professionals, organizational leaders, as well as students, academics, and others interested in liberation from oppression and the transformation of our society.

Available now at: Lulu Author Spotlight: Books by Raúl Quiñones-Rosado