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Intersectionality: An Intellectual History

Ange-Marie Hancock


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. In other words, social power and political power are conferred through categories of identity, and ... More

Keywords: intersectionality theory, inequalities, race, gender, class, sexuality, signaling, power relations, ethnic studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199370368
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370368.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ange-Marie Hancock, author
Associate Professor of Poltical Science and Gender Studies, University of Southern California