A Borderlands View on Latinos, Latin Americans, and Decolonization: Rethinking Mental Health

A Borderlands View on Latinos, Latin Americans, and Decolonization: Rethinking Mental Health

by Pilar Hernández-Wolfe

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Latinos in the U.S. and Latin Americans are a combination of diverse populations that differ on a range of factors including, length of time in the country, migration background, ethnicity, geographical location, socio-economic status and so on. The reader will find perspectives of those of us who live in the borderlands—that is, those of us whom Gloria Anzaldúa identified as Mestiz@s, who inhabit the intersticios, the spaces in between souls, minds, identities, and geographies. This book assists new generations of Latino/as and of those involved in Latino Culture and Latin America in understanding how the colonization of the Americas is still tied to current issues of migration from the South to the North and how mental health practices have been maintained, emerged and created out of the wound of coloniality. It offers a rich and alternative foundation for approaching trauma, identity, and resilience through the integration of a decolonization paradigm, borderlands theory, and social justice approaches in couple and family therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765709325
Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 1,130,281
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Pilar Hernández-Wolfe, PhD, is an educator, researcher, therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and community organizer. She is Associate Professor and Director of the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program at Lewis & Clark College. She is past president of the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD) and board member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor. She has authored or co-authored over forty peer reviewed article and book chapters in English and Spanish.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Borderland Experiences: Migrations and Crosslinks
Chapter 2. A New Musical Score, a Horizon, and Possibilities for Meaning Making:
A Decolonization Paradigm
Chapter 3. Nepantla: A Borderland Epistemology
Chapter 4. Trauma, Resistance/Resilience, and the Colonial Difference
Chapter 5. Just and Loving Relationships Heal
Chapter 6. Thoughts Unfinished
Appendix A
About the Author

What People are Saying About This

Kaeth Weingarten

“Therapy, at best, is about transformation. Dr. Hernandez-Wolfe's brilliant book provides nepanthla, the territory for transformation—an in-between space in which, through individual and collective reflection, we can see ourselves and each other more clearly. By showing how macro-societal processes are enacted in the micro-processes of everyday life, she challenges taken-for-granted practices and offers pathways for new therapeutic action. I highly recommend this book for clinicians of all levels of experience.” —Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Tod Sloan

"The author weaves an exciting tapestry of contemporary perspectives that are relevant to therapeutic work in the globalized contexts of patriarchy and coloniality. Intriguing case studies anchor an argument for fluidity of thought and community-based collaborative practices. This is essential reading for all who are taking up the challenges of liberation, decolonization, and the reconnection of humanity with the rest of nature."
—Tod Sloan, PhD, co-editor, Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology

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