Toward and Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation
by Raúl Quiñones Rosado, PhD
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 work in communities-of-struggle, 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 offers an alternative to prevailing dichotomous thinking and fragmented approaches aimed at personal or societal change which lack a larger, 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.
Since its publication in 2007, Consciousness-in-Action has become required reading in academic programs in liberation psychology, social work, social justice education and counseling in the US and Latin America. It also enjoyed broad appeal among political activists, community organizers, anti-oppression trainers, helping professionals and others engaged in liberation and cultural transformation movements internationally.
Praise for the Book:
“Raúl Quiñones-Rosado’s work is a much needed gift at this time in our history. His analysis of the issues that face human beings socially, culturally and politically is comprehensive. It is also correct. Adding to this profound understanding is wise guidance on being agents of change. And, what makes this book so very powerful, is that the invitation is to be an agent of change in a personally and spiritually healthy way. This is a book for real people wanting to live meaningful lives. It is a roadmap for personal and global change, within the context of spiritual well being. It is about consciousness in action–for the betterment of all people.” — Dorothy Firman, EdD, Director, Psychosynthesis Training Program, The Synthesis Center, Amherst, MA
“Dr. Quiñones-Rosado’s new book is a very important contribution to the field of social activism and social change. His extensive knowledge of psychology, social theory and spiritual practice provides an excellent foundation for a holistic perspective that integrates traditional social ideals and values within a larger context that includes on-going development of individual potential and personal growth. Within Quiñones-Rosado’s model, human development and social transformation become a co-creative process for the unfolding of greater awareness, peace and true justice and compassion in the world.” — Vernice Solimar, PhD, Chair, Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University
“This is a unique book in its integrative, liberating, and transformative potential. The author does an exquisite job of synergizing personal, spiritual, communal, and social development. Transcending polarities and binaries, he offers us invigorating ways of working with individuals and communities to realize our human and collective potential. By using visual maps and engaging the reader in multiple ways, the author succeeds in connecting with readers passionately and reasonably.” — Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD, Co-Editor, Critical Psychology, and Community Psychology: In Pursuit of Liberation and Well-being
“Raúl Quiñones-Rosado’s new book…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 [Wilber’s all-quadrant, all-level] AQAL model and the Native American medicine wheel; and he creates a processural system that overlays and resonates with both models. 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. It is a great example for how integral writers can expand the existing models into process versions, into infinite riches of discourse.” —Bonnitta Roy, Associate Editor, Integral Review Journal
“Raúl Quiñones Rosado’s book, Consciousness-in-Action, offers a cutting-edge synthesis of social change theory that opens up the pathway for liberating the oppressive forces at play in our societies while unleashing the transformative power within us all. For the next generation of organizers and activists, Raúl is the kind and warm-hearted social change elder that everyone young person has longed for and his ‘manual for integral change’ is one of the most significant guides for building the Movement of movements that is being called for in our time.” — Joshua Gorman, Founder & Co-Coordinator, Generation Waking Up