Intersectionality in Electoral Politics: A Mess Worth Making

  title={Intersectionality in Electoral Politics: A Mess Worth Making},
  author={Wendy G. Smooth},
  journal={Politics \& Gender},
  pages={400 - 414}
  • W. Smooth
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Political Science
  • Politics & Gender
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