Overcoming Oppressive Self-Blame: Gray Agency in Underground Railroads

Hypatia 24 (1):81 - 99 (2009)
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After describing some key features of life in an underground railroad and the nature of gray agency, Concepción illustrates how survivors of relationship slavery can stop levying misplaced blame on themselves without giving up the valuable practice of blaming. Concepción concludes that by choosing a relatively non-oppressive account of self-blame, some amount of internalized oppression can be overcome and the double bind of agency-denial and self-loathing associated with being an oppressively grafted agent can be reduced

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David Concepcion
Ball State University


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