Causally Interpreting Intersectionality Theory

  title={Causally Interpreting Intersectionality Theory},
  author={Liam Kofi Bright and Daniel Malinsky and Morgan J Thompson},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={60 - 81}
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… 
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