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date: 07 December 2019

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A cultural psychology perspective proposes an anti-essentialist view of mind and culture that takes the relationality between them as the “essence” of human being. Concerning mind, species-typical tendencies do not emerge “just naturally”, but instead require engagement with cultural affordances. Concerning culture, human ecologies are not “just” natural; instead, we inhabit intentional worlds that carry traces of human imagination and influence. After introducing these ideas, the chapter applies decolonial strategies of cultural psychology to reconsider hegemonic perspectives on love and relationality. The denaturalization strategy considers how standard accounts of relationality have their foundation in independent selfways that reflect and reproduce racial domination. The normalization strategy challenges prevailing accounts that portray other forms of relationality as pathological deviations from the hegemonic standard. In many cases, these forms are expressions of interdependent selfways, attuned to the relational essence of being, that are worthy of broader emulation.

Keywords: culture, cultural psychology, decolonial approach, essentialism, love, positivism, relationality, relationships, self-awareness, selfways, sustainability

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