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Causally interpreting intersectionality theory

Bright, Liam Kofi, Malinsky, Daniel and Thompson, Morgan (2016) Causally interpreting intersectionality theory. Philosophy of Science, 83 (1). pp. 60-81. ISSN 0270-8647

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Identification Number: 10.1086/684173

Abstract

Social scientists report difficulties in drawing out testable predictions from the literature on intersectionality theory. We alleviate that difficulty by showing that some characteristic claims of the intersectionality literature can be interpreted causally. The formalism of graphical causal modeling allows claims about the causal effects of occupying intersecting identity categories to be clearly represented and submitted to empirical testing. After outlining this causal interpretation of intersectional theory, we address some concerns that have been expressed in the literature claiming that membership in demographic categories can have causal effects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 by the Philosophy of Science Association
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 10:06
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100887

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