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Intersectionality and its discontents: intersectionality as traveling theory

Salem, Sarah Mamdouh Ibrahim ORCID: 0000-0002-7872-5613 (2016) Intersectionality and its discontents: intersectionality as traveling theory. European Journal of Women's Studies, 25 (4). pp. 403-418. ISSN 1350-5068

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1350506816643999


‘Intersectionality’ has now become a major feature of feminist scholarly work, despite continued debates surrounding its precise definition. Since the term was coined and the field established in the late 1980s, countless articles, volumes and conferences have grown out of it, heralding a new phase in feminist and gender studies. Over the past few years, however, the growing number of critiques leveled against intersectionality warrants us as feminists to pause and reflect on the trajectory the concept has taken and on the ways in which it has traveled through time and space. Conceptualizing intersectionality as a traveling theory allows for these multiple critiques to be contextualized and addressed. It is argued that the context of the neoliberal academy plays a major role in the ways in which intersectionality has lost much of its critical potential in some of its usages today. It is further suggested that Marxist feminism(s) offers an important means of grounding intersectionality critically and expanding intersectionality’s ability to engage with feminism transnationally.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 08:51
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 00:18

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