School for Social Work
Race, Identity (Psychology), Racial identity, Queer theory
This theoretical study explored the social construction of race and racial identity through the lens of Queer Theory and Narrative Theory. Although the concept of race is understood as a social construct, research literature shows that this concept is complex and that there are many factors that contribute to the social construction of race in a way that has real life consequences for people. The use of Queer Theory and Narrative Theory to examine this social construct provides a broader base of understanding for clinical applications. The researcher provides recommendations for social workers in their work with diverse populations.
Castrellon, Elizabeth, "An exploration of the social construction of race and racial identity : a project based upon an independent investigation" (2010). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.