Intersectionality as buzzword

  title={Intersectionality as buzzword},
  author={Kathy Davis},
  journal={Feminist Theory},
  pages={67 - 85}
  • K. Davis
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Art, Sociology
  • Feminist Theory
Since its inception, the concept of `intersectionality' — the interaction of multiple identities and experiences of exclusion and subordination — has been heralded as one of the most important contributions to feminist scholarship. Despite its popularity, there has been considerable confusion concerning what the concept actually means and how it can or should be applied in feminist inquiry. In this article, I look at the phenomenon of intersectionality's spectacular success within contemporary… 
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