Intersectionality's Definitional Dilemmas

  title={Intersectionality's Definitional Dilemmas},
  author={Patricia Hill Collins},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
  • P. Collins
  • Published 17 August 2015
  • Sociology
  • Review of Sociology
The term intersectionality references the critical insight that race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, ability, and age operate not as unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but rather as reciprocally constructing phenomena. Despite this general consensus, definitions of what counts as intersectionality are far from clear. In this article, I analyze intersectionality as a knowledge project whose raison d'etre lies in its attentiveness to power relations and social inequalities. I… 

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