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Intersectionality and Beyond

Law, Power and the Politics of Location, 1st Edition

Edited by Emily Grabham, Davina Cooper, Jane Krishnadas, Didi Herman


384 pages

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This collection addresses the present and the future of the concept of intersectionality within socio-legal studies. Intersectionality provides a metaphorical schema for understanding the interaction of different forms of disadvantage, including race, sexuality, and gender. But it also goes further to provide a particular model of how these aspects of social identity and location converge – whether at the level of subjectivity, everyday life, in culture or in the institutional practices of state and other bodies. Including contributions from a range of international scholars, this book interrogates what has become a key organizing concept across a range of disciplines, most particularly law, political theory, and cultural studies.


'This important book examines some of the complexities of intersectionality theory in feminist theory in general and in relation to legal issues in particular. In doing so it both problematises and promotes it as central to contemporary 'glocal' feminist theory and activism.'

Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor in Gender & Ethnic Studies, School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London

'After almost twenty years of feminist discussion of gender’s intersection with other categories of identity, a collection like this one is way overdue. By addressing tensions between structural and cultural difference and alternative approaches, the collection poses hard questions and offers fresh, open-ended perspectives. This is an invaluable critical assessment of what has become a foundational idea in feminist studies.'

Rosemary Hennessy, Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University

Table of Contents

Part One: Mapping Intersectionalities; 1. Joanne Conaghan: Intersectionality and the Feminist Project in Law; 2. Leslie McCall: The Complexity of Intersectionality; Part Two: Confronting Law; 3. Toni Williams: Intersectionality Analysis in the Sentencing of Aboriginal Women in Canada: What Difference Does it Make?; 4. Doris Buss: Sexual Violence, Ethnicity, and Intersectionality in International Criminal Law; 5. Suzanne B. Goldberg: Intersectionality in Theory and Practice; 6. Rosemary Hunter and Tracey De Simone: Identifying Disadvantage: Beyond Intersectionality; 7. Emily Grabham: Intersectionality: Traumatic Impressions; Part Three: Power Relations and the State; 8. Eilish Rooney: Transitional Intersections: Gender, Sect, and Class in Northern Ireland; 9. Eunjung Kim: Minority Politics in Korea: Disability, Interraciality, and Gender; 10. Siobhan Mullally: Migrant Women Destabilising Borders: Citizenship Debates in Ireland; Part Four: Alternative Pathways; 11. Iris Marion Young: Structural Injustice and the Politics of Difference; 12. Davina Cooper: Intersectional Travel Through Everyday Utopias: The Difference Sexual and Economic Dynamics Make; 13. Lakshmi Arya: Imagining Alternative Universalisms: Intersectionality and the Limits of Liberal Discourse; 14. Momin Rahman: Theorising Intersectionality: Identities, Equality, and Ontology

About the Series

Social Justice

Within a broad geopolitical and intellectual landscape, this new, theoretically engaged, interdisciplinary series explores institutional and grassroots practices of social justice across a range of spatial scales. While the pursuit of social justice is as important as it has ever been, its character, conditions, values, and means of advancement are being radically questioned and rethought in the light of contemporary challenges and choices. Attuned to these varied and evolving contexts, Social Justice explores the complex conditions social justice politics confronts and inhabits – of crisis, shock, and erosion, as well as renewal and social invention, of change as well as continuity.

Foregrounding struggle, imagined alternatives and the embedding of new norms, the Social Justice series welcomes books which critically and normatively address the values underpinning new social politics, everyday forms of embodied practice, new dissident knowledges, and struggles to institutionalise change. In particular, the series seeks to explore state and non-state forms of organisation, analysing the different pathways through which social justice projects are put into practice, and the contests their practice generates. More generally, submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

• The changing politics of equality and social justice

• The establishment of alternative, organised sites and networks through which social and political experimentation take place

• The phenomenology of power, inequality and changing social relations

• Techniques of governance through which social change and equality agendas are advanced and institutionalised across different geographic scales

• Institutionalisation of new norms (through official and unofficial forms of institutionalisation) and struggles over them

• Practices of resistance, reversal, counter-hegemony and anti-normativity

• Changing values, practices, and the ways in which relations of inequality and difference are understood

Social Justice is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics and cultural studies. The series welcomes proposals that advance theoretical discussion about social justice, power, institutions, grass-roots practice and values/ ethics. Seeking to develop new conversations across different disciplines and fields, and working with wide-ranging methodologies, Social Justice seeks contributions that are open, engaging, and which speak to a wide, diverse academic audience across all areas of the law, social sciences and humanities.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Davina Cooper, Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, UK
Tel: +44 (1227) 824172
[email protected]

Sarah Lamble, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
[email protected]

Sarah Keenan, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General