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Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] NYT on What's Next for APA and Psychology

Date: Sat 08/01/15 04:59 PM



Michel Foucault brought us the perspective of the "institutional gaze," which for prisoners relates to Bentham's Panopticon. In my view that perspective frames the logic of the problem in (more of) a socially responsible manner and should be engaged.

When Martin-Baró made such an advocacy (using the related work of Paolo Freire (see "Pedagogy of the Oppressed") he was assassinated (1989). Today we might again promote such an appropriate advocacy as we clarify the problematic of psychologist involvement with the torture paradigm.

And while that has been shown in the past to be a dangerous advocacy, we might indeed find the courage to work out that difficulty. The APA does need, as you and Nancy and others indicate, to engage that concern in a more [thorough] way.

In general, there seems to be more going on than just that "APA is dead in the water." There is also a concern about how a new professional association might be institutionalized, in a way that transcends the old organizational framework.






On Sat, August 1, 2015 2:05 pm, Tsr wrote:


Thank you! Please do know that I do try include the qualifier "this does not do it all" in my communications exactly so as not to interfere with the work of you anyone else. I think that it is vital to do that even if that does sometimes blunt enthusiasm. It is critical that activists support the work of each other. And, as Ttt says, we are all taking bites of the same elephant.

And yes -- when we compare GITMO to U.S. prisons we see striking parallels. The use of solitary, extractions from the cells, take downs. And we see striking parallels to psychiatric settings -- I hope we will one day compare the GITMO behavior modification program to domestic behavior mod programs.