Three pathways for enlarging critical African psychology

Ratele, K.
Malherbe, N.
Suffla, S.
Cornell, J.
Taliep, N.
Departing from the position that critical African psychology is an endeavour whose objective is to harness psychological knowledge in, by, for, and with Africa, as well as the world, but also to critically think Africa into psychology, this article considers space as a key idea to consider in the further development of African psychology, and more specifically, a critically inclined African psychology. Taking critical African psychology as one of the orientations within Africa(n)-centred psychology, we argue for constructing and enlarging space so as to resist ruling epistemes in psychology in and of Africa and to create oppositional spaces that adduce alternative readings and makings of psychology-in-place. We outline three pathways, namely, (1) collective thinking and writing, (2) transdisciplinarity, and (3) affective community building, via which to realise and work from a critical African psychological position. These by no means exhaust all the pathways that can be charted by critical African psychologists and are instead offered as illustrations with which our collective has been engaging, thinking together, and experimenting.
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Affective community building,Collective writing,Critical African psychology,Epistemic independence,Psychosocial liberation,Transdisciplinarity
Ratele K, Malherbe N, Suffla S, Cornell J, Taliep N. Three Pathways for Enlarging Critical African Psychology. South African Journal of Psychology. 2021;51(3):430-440. doi:10.1177/0081246320963201
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