Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis

  title={Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis},
  author={Sumi Cho and Kimberl{\'e} Williams Crenshaw and Leslie J. McCall},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={785 - 810}
Intersectional insights and frameworks are put into practice in a multitude of highly contested, complex, and unpredictable ways. We group such engagements with intersectionality into three loosely defined sets of practices: applications of an intersectional framework or investigations of intersectional dynamics; debates about the scope and content of intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological paradigm; and political interventions employing an intersectional lens. We propose a… 
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