[LISTEN] Reflecting on Kopano Ratele's 'The world looks like this from here'

Professor Kopano Ratele's recently published book _The world looks like this from here: Thoughts on African Psychology _breaks down the common teachings of psychology from an American perspective and takes on an area of psychology that situates African realities at the centre.

He sat down with Eusebius McKaiser to talk about what it means to move beyond Western ideas of psychology.

We are taught to see the world through the perspective of American psychology, American cultural life...

Professor Kopano Ratele

We internalise this standard - so the gaze, even when your body is black, you see the world from a particular perspective because it is reproduced routinely. Somehow to free yourself from this gaze is a mission in itself to become entitled to your own views, to find your won voice.

Professor Kopano Ratele

My view is African psychology is an orientation, a particular way of seeing the world because it is an orientation it does not exclude reading Freud, European texts...and then make examples of South Africa.

Professor Kopano Ratele

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