Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The helping profession: Assessment, psychology, and colonialism in Puerto Rico
by Disdier, Carlos M., Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2012, 187; 3508069
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation excavates the intersection between the production of psychological knowledge, assessment, and colonialism. Utilizing the history of the dissemination of psychological knowledge in Puerto Rico, I will render problematic the role of psychology within practices of colonialism and the role of colonialism within the practice of psychology. This dissertation also provide an analysis of how psychology and colonialism intervene upon the individual to shape a particular kind of subject that is bound to the descriptions already available by psychological and colonialist discourse. Finally, it questions the current role of the psychologist and provides coordinates to rethinking this role in light of an analysis of power and processes of social accountability.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilkinson, Tanya, Morgan, Robert
Commitee:
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Behavioral psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Colonialist practices, Foucault, History of psychology, Psychological assessment, Puerto rico, Subjectivity
Publication Number: 3508069
ISBN: 9781267336187
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