Spotlight: Intersectionality

Often attributed to critical legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989; 1991), one of the key concepts to be grappled with in the context of diversity and inclusion is intersectionality, which sociologist Patricia Hill Collins defines as "the critical insight that race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, ability, and age operate not as unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but as reciprocally constructing phenomena that in turn shape complex social inequalities." (Collins 2015: 2) The following readings provide a good starting point to this theme.

Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons (Harvard Login)
Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (Harvard Login)
Intersectionality (Harvard Login)
Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory (Harvard Login)
Special issue on intersectionality in the journal Signs, volume 38, no. 4 (June 2013) (Harvard Login)
Special issue on intersectionality in the journal Du Bois Review, volume 10, issue 2 (Harvard Login)

Podcast: Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw


Collins, Patricia Hill. 2015. “Intersectionality’s Definitional Dilemmas.” Annual Review of Sociology 41 (1): 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-073014-112142.

Crenshaw, Kimberlé. 1989. “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics.” University of Chicago Legal Forum: 139–67.

Crenshaw, Kimberle. 1991. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review 43 (6): 1241–99. https://doi.org/10.2307/1229039.