THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD: CRITIQUING U.S. CULTURE THROUGH RELATIONAL CULTURAL THEORY AND THE SAINTS.
Thesis Committee Member(s)
Amy Schreier, Lara Narcisi
Regis College Honor's Program
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
In this thesis I critique the American socioeconomic system and culture through a multidisciplinary lens. Using the works of philosopher Karl Marx, economist Robin Kimmerer, and forensic psychologist Christopher Williams, I argue that there are three interconnected characteristics of our socioeconomic system that disincentivize us from creating growth-fostering relationships. These characteristics are the encouragement of overconsumption, the prevalence of hyperindividualism, and that people are valued for what they produce, not who they are. To counteract these characteristics, we must fight to create a Culture of Encounter, which is a culture with a radical dedication to seeing, hearing, and loving individual people without condition, expectation, or a specific goal. The works of St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Therese of Lisieux, combined with the tenets of Relational Cultural Theory provide an argument for why creating a Culture of Encounter is necessary. Finally, I provide a concrete four step plan that helps people implement a Culture of Encounter into their everyday lives.
Date of Award
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Neton, Molly, "THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD: CRITIQUING U.S. CULTURE THROUGH RELATIONAL CULTURAL THEORY AND THE SAINTS." (2023). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 1063.
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