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      Intersectionality's Definitional Dilemmas

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          The term intersectionality references the critical insight that race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, ability, and age operate not as unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but rather as reciprocally constructing phenomena. Despite this general consensus, definitions of what counts as intersectionality are far from clear. In this article, I analyze intersectionality as a knowledge project whose raison d'être lies in its attentiveness to power relations and social inequalities. I examine three interdependent sets of concerns: (a) intersectionality as a field of study that is situated within the power relations that it studies; (b) intersectionality as an analytical strategy that provides new angles of vision on social phenomena; and (c) intersectionality as critical praxis that informs social justice projects.

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                Journal
                Annual Review of Sociology
                Annu. Rev. Sociol.
                Annual Reviews
                0360-0572
                1545-2115
                August 14 2015
                August 14 2015
                : 41
                : 1
                : 1-20
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742-1315; email:
                Article
                10.1146/annurev-soc-073014-112142
                de098e11-b352-414e-aa77-8398586113d2
                © 2015
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