On Intersectionality: Essential Writings


On Intersectionality: Essential Writings


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For more than twenty years, scholars, activists, educators, and lawyers – inside and outside of the United States – have employed the concept of intersectionality both to describe problems of inequality and to fashion concrete solutions. In particular, as the Washington Post reported recently, “the term has been used by social activists as both a rallying cry for more expansive progressive movements and a chastisement for their limitations.” Drawing on black feminist and critical legal theory, Kimberlé Crenshaw developed the concept of intersectionality, a term she coined to speak to the multiple social forces, social identities, and ideological instruments through which power and disadvantage are expressed and legitimized.

In this comprehensive and accessible introduction to Crenshaw’s work, readers will find key essays and articles that have defined the concept of intersectionality, collected together for the first time. The book includes a sweeping new introduction by Crenshaw as well as prefaces that contextualize each of the chapters. For anyone interested in movement politics and advocacy, or in racial justice and gender equity, On Intersectionality will be compulsory reading from one of the most brilliant theorists of our time.


Arts and Humanities | Civil Rights and Discrimination | Constitutional Law | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Law | Law and Race | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology




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“As of the publication of Critical Race Theory it will be unwise, if not impossible, to do any serious work on race without referencing this splendid collection.”
Toni Morrison

“Kimberlé Crenshaw belongs at the center of public conversation.... Imagine the world we might have if we all took a few moments to engage her ideas.”
Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

“Her name and her work [have] become an introductory point for feminists of all stripes.”
New Statesman

“Considering its recent prominence, it's surprising to realize that the term [intersectionality] has been around only since 1989: It was coined by legal scholar and critical theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw.”
The Washington Post

“The theorist who first coined intersectionality as a political framework.”

“It's now been over two decades since legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw wrote her original paper coining the term 'intersectionality' and mainstream feminism is still in the throes of a massive storm around it.”
The Guardian

On Intersectionality: Essential Writings

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