Intersectionality theory applied to whiteness and middle-classness

  title={Intersectionality theory applied to whiteness and middle-classness},
  author={Cynthia Levine-Rasky},
  journal={Social Identities},
  pages={239 - 253}
Despite the ubiquity of intersectionality in feminism and allied methodologies, it is typically associated with the elaboration of oppression. A consideration of intersectionality theory as applied to the ‘other side’ of power relations – that is to the intersections of whiteness and middle-classness (and the complications arising from ethnicity) – enables the exploration of power in relation to the enduring inequities between groups. Dominant positionality is embedded in intersectionality… 
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