Intersectionality : Origins, Contestations, Horizons Hardback
A 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic TitleIntersectionality intervenes in the field of intersectionality studies: the integrative examination of the effects of racial, gendered, and class power on people's lives.
While "intersectionality" circulates as a buzzword, Anna Carastathis joins other critical voices to urge a more careful reading.
Challenging the narratives of arrival that surround it, Carastathis argues that intersectionality is a horizon, illuminating ways of thinking that have yet to be realized; consequently, calls to "go beyond" intersectionality are premature.
A provisional interpretation of intersectionality can disorient habits of essentialism, categorial purity, and prototypicality and overcome dynamics of segregation and subordination in political movements. Through a close reading of critical race theorist Kimberle Williams Crenshaw's germinal texts, published more than twenty-five years ago, Carastathis urges analytic clarity, contextual rigor, and a politicized, historicized understanding of this widely traveling concept.
Intersectionality's roots in social justice movements and critical intellectual projects-specifically Black feminism-must be retraced and synthesized with a decolonial analysis so its radical potential to actualize coalitions can be enacted.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 300 pages, 1 illustration, index
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
- Publication Date: 01/10/2016
- Category: Social groups
- ISBN: 9780803285552