Deconstructing Social Disconnectedness to Understand the Cross-national Transmission of Racism: A Perspective of Critical Race Theory

By Beverly Araujo Dawson and Diann Cameron-Kelly.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Racism is predatory behavior, of which social disconnectedness serves to strengthen this assaultive practice; and is centered on the notion that one group is dominant and superior to another group primarily because of race, and persons within the subordinate group are excluded because of their skin color or other distinctive phenotype. Racism uses superiority, degradation, humiliation and segregation to structure social policies and group interaction, even across hemispheres. This predatory behavior promotes a closed, segregated system of education, health and labor that favors dominant racial groups over subordinate persons and enhances the quality of life of the dominant groups. Using critical race theory as a guiding framework, we present the argument that to diminish social disconnectedness in a diverse society, we must understand the transmission of racism across nations and how it relates to decreasing the divides associated with differences to promote a more responsive democratic representation in diverse nations. The anticipated outcome of this paper is to offer that racism is an international predatory phenomenon that promotes social disconnectedness.

Keywords: Racism, Social Disconnectedness, Civic Engagement, Coalition Building

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.309-320. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 659.169KB).

Dr. Beverly Araujo Dawson

Assistant Professor, School of social Work, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA

Dr. Dawson is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the impact of psychosocial stressors such as discrimination and language barriers on the mental health of Latino immigrants, as well as the development of culturally competent interventions for Latino communities. Currently, she is working with other researchers on exploring diversity and family capital among minority families.

Dr. Diann Cameron-Kelly

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA

Diann Cameron Kelly, PhD is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Her research includes civic readiness and engagement among disconnected youth and families/communities at-risk. Her published work includes articles on civic engagement and trust, cultural competency and social work ethics in practice. She is a peer reviewer for several professional journals, and is an editorial board member for Youth & Society. Dr. Kelly recently served as a Fahs-Beck Fellow (2007-2008) to explore the civic legacy of the Civil Rights (U.S.) Era.

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