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When Getting Along Is Not Enough

Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships

Maureen Walker, PhD
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Nov 22, 2019
Teachers College Press
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Now more than ever, race has become a morphing relational dynamic that has less to do with the demographic census box we check and more with how we make sense of our lives―who we are and who we can become in relationships with others. Using anecdotes from her practice as a licensed psychologist and as an African American growing up in the South, Walker provides a way for educators and social service professionals to enter into cross-racial discussions about race and race relations. She identifies three essential relational skills for personal transformation and cultural healing that are the foundations for repairing the damage wrought by racism. While Walker does not sugarcoat the destructive history of racism that we all inherit in the United States, the book’s vision is ultimately affirming, empowering, hopeful, and inclusive about the individual and collective power to heal our divisions and disconnections.

Book Features:

  • Presents a new way of understanding race as a relational dynamic and racism as a symptom of disconnection.
  • Synthesizes, for the first time, two important systems of thought: relational-cultural theory and race/social identity theory.
  • Includes “Pause to Reflect” exercises designed to stimulate group conversations in book clubs, social justice groups, staff development, classrooms, and workplace training.
  • Offers practical, everyday solutions for people of different races to better understand and accept one another.



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Maureen Walker, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a lead scholar of the International Center for Growth in Connection, Inc. Dr. Walker is developing a practice model that both confronts claims of post-racialism and promotes justice in the face of the inequitable power dynamics that still characterize racial relations in the United States.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: M. Maureen Walker maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the International Center for Growth in Connection. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: M. Maureen Walker has no relevant non-financial relationships.



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