Intersectionality: An Intellectual History

Paperback | January 4, 2016

byAnge-Marie Hancock

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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 canbe 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. In other words, social and political power are conferred through categories of identity, andthese identities bear vastly material effects. Rather than look at inequalities as a relationship between those at the center and those on the margins, intersectionality maps the relative ways in which identity politics create power. Though intersectionality theory has emerged as a highly influential school of thought in ethnic studies, gender studies, law, political science, sociology and psychology, no scholarship to date exists on the evolution of the theory. In the absence of a comprehensive intellectual history of thetheory, it is often discussed in vague, ahistorical terms. And while scholars have called for greater specificity and attention to the historical foundations of intersectionality theory, their idea of the history to be included is generally limited to the particular currents in the United States.This book seeks to remedy the vagueness and murkiness attributed to intersectionality by attending to the historical, geographical, and cross-disciplinary myopia afflicting current intersectionality scholarship. This comprehensive intellectual history is an agenda-setting work for the theory.

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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 canbe adopted, imposed or rejected, intersectio...

Ange-Marie Hancock is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199370370

ISBN - 13:9780199370375

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Table of Contents

1. Intersectionality: Intellectual Property or Meme?2. The Activist Roots of Intersectionality3. The Multicultural Epistemology of Intersectionality4. Bridges, Interstices and Intersections5. "We Are Named By Others and We Are Named By Ourselves": Social Constructivism and Intersectionality-Like Thinking6. Whither Intersectionality?AppendixNotesBibliography