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Intersectionality

Patricia Hill Collins et Sirma Bilge

Polity Press, Key Concepts series, 2016

Polity Press, Key Concepts series

The concept of intersectionality has become a hot topic in academic and activist circles alike. But what exactly does it mean, and why has it emerged as such a vital lens through which to explore how social inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability and ethnicity shape one another?

In this new book Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge provide a much-needed, introduction to the field of intersectional knowledge and praxis. They analyze the emergence, growth and contours of the concept and show how intersectional frameworks speak to topics as diverse as human rights, neoliberalism, identity politics, immigration, hip hop, global social protest, diversity, digital media, Black feminism in Brazil, violence and World Cup soccer. Accessibly written and drawing on a plethora of lively examples to illustrate its arguments, the book highlights intersectionality's potential for understanding inequality and bringing about social justice oriented change.

Intersectionality will be an invaluable resource for anyone grappling with the main ideas, debates and new directions in this field.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • What Is Intersectionality?
  • Intersectionality as Critical Inquiry and Praxis
  • On Not Getting the History of Intersectionality Straight
  • Intersectionality's Global Dispersion
  • Intersectionality and the Politics of Identity
  • Intersectionality, Social Protest and Neoliberalism
  • Intertwined Projects? Intersectionality and Critical Education
  • Intersectionality Revisited
  • References
  • Endnotes

Polity Press, Key Concepts series