Resituating the Crossroads: Theoretical Innovations in Black Feminist Ethnography

  title={Resituating the Crossroads: Theoretical Innovations in Black Feminist Ethnography},
  author={Amanda Walker Johnson},
  pages={401 - 415}
Inspired by the seminal Black Feminist Anthropology volume edited by Irma McClaurin, I examine how Black feminist ethnographies have theorized intersectionality or what the Combahee River Collective called the “simultaneity” and “interlocking” of oppressions. One overlooked theoretical contribution by Black feminist ethnography in terms of analyzing race, class, and gender is the conception of the simultaneity of conjuncture and disjuncture. Given the location of the ethnographers… 
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The Complexity of Intersectionality
  • L. McCall
  • Philosophy
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2005
Feminist analytic philosophers have been working in trying to define and explain the meaning of “gender”, “race”, “sexuality”, etc., using the tools of analytic philosophy in very different ways and