Race, Self, and Society: Relational Challenges in a Culture of Disconnection
Year Published: 1999
Publication Type: Work in Progress
Author: Maureen Walker, Ph.D.
A fundamental premise of Relational/Cultural Theory is that we grow our 'selves' through action in relationship with others. Because contemporary American culture is shaped by a legacy of race-based stratification, action in relationship is fraught with risks of disconnection and violation. This paper will explore options for moving beyond self-limiting racial-ethnic constructions to expanded possibilities for growth in relationship.