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Chapter 5 - What is intersectionality and why do I need it?
Intersectionality: The Basics
The term "intersectionality" was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding the interconnections between social categorizations such as gender, race, and class and how they relate to experiences of discrimination and privilege.
Intersectionality: Journal Articles
Intersectionality As Critical Social Theory by
Publication Date: 2019-08-23
In Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory Patricia Hill Collins offers a set of analytical tools for those wishing to develop intersectionality's capability to theorize social inequality in ways that would facilitate social change. While intersectionality helps shed light on contemporary social issues, Collins notes that it has yet to reach its full potential as a critical social theory. She contends that for intersectionality to fully realize its power, its practitioners must critically reflect on its assumptions, epistemologies, and methods.
Intersectionality: An Intellectual History by
Publication Date: 2016-01-11
Intersectionality theory has emerged over the past thirty years as a way to think about the avenues by which inequalities (most often dealing with, but not limited to, race, gender, class and sexuality) are produced. Rather than seeing such categories as signaling distinct identities that can be adopted, imposed or rejected, intersectionality theory considers the logic by which each of these categories is socially constructed as well as how they operate within the diffusion of power relations.
Discussion prompt for chapters 4 & 5
The chapter about privilege is placed right before the chapter on intersectionality. The author has stated in interviews that she placed those chapters in that order because it is impossible to fully understand intersectionality without first comprehending privilege. How do the concepts discussed in the chapter "Why am I always being told to check my privilege?" help deepen your understanding of intersectionality and help implement intersectionality into your life?
From the Book Discussion Guide.