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Framing Intersectionality
Debates on a Multi-Faceted Concept in Gender Studies

ISBN 9781409418993
Published April 28, 2011 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Originally conceived by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 as a tool for the analysis of the ways in which different forms of social inequality, oppression and discrimination interact and overlap in multidimensional ways, the concept of 'intersectionality' has attracted much attention in international feminist debates over the last decade. Framing Intersectionality brings together proponents and critics of the concept, to discuss the 'state of the art' with those that have been influential in the debates that surround it. Engaging with the historical roots of intersectionality in the US-based 'race-class-gender' debate, this book also considers the European adoption of this concept in different national contexts, to explore issues such as migration, identity, media coverage of sexual violence against men and transnational livelihoods of high and low skilled migrants. Thematically arranged around the themes of the transatlantic migration of intersectionality, the development of intersectionality as a theory, men's studies and masculinities, and the body and embodiment, this book draws on empirical case studies as well as theoretical deliberations to investigate the capacity and the sustainability of the concept and shed light on the current state of intersectionality research. Presenting the latest work from a team of leading feminist scholars from the US and Europe, Framing Intersectionality will be of interest to all those with interests in gender, women's studies, masculinity, inequalities and feminist thought.



Helma Lutz, is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany Maria-Teresa Herrera Vivar, MA is a scientific staff member at the chair of Women's and Gender Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany Linda Supik is a scientific staff member at the chair of Women's and Gender Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany


'Finally here it is: the long awaited state-of-the-art textbook on intersectionality with a predominantly European slant. It is both a thickly descriptive and a steeply theoretically embedded endeavour. Tracing the European "success story" of a traveling concept, we are sensitized to intersectionality's multiple manifestations in a European context, which also depend on the national theoretical preoccupations which preceded it and on linguistic cultural capital.' Gloria Wekker. Utrecht University. The Netherlands 'This collection captures the very pliability of intersectionality through deep description, creative application and original research. Its robust intellectual heft is showcased through explorations of masculinity, labor movements, embodiment, and migration. A much-appreciated engagement with one of the most theoretically significant interventions of the past two decades, it represents the continued unfolding of intersectionality and its new generation of possibilities.' Lisa Jean Moore, State University of New York, USA 'This volume may well serve as a manifestation of the critical theoretical engagements that intersectionality compels. There are both discernible similarities and prominent disagreements in these author’s dialogues, which are in my opinion precisely what Kathy Davis sees as the working of a good feminist theory. As such, this volume surely puts another mark on its traveling trajectory, and makes ripple on the butterfly chain of feminist politics of transformation.' Nordic Journal of Migration Research 'Framing Intersectionality: Debates on a Multi-Faceted Concept in Gender Studies provides a comprehensive overview of differing definitions, discussions and usages of this ’chimerical’ concept (p. 45), with a focus on the European context.' Irish Journal of Sociology