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Intersectionality in Feminist and Queer Movements
Confronting Privileges

ISBN 9780367257859
Published November 28, 2019 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Examining the ways in which feminist and queer activists confront privilege through the use of intersectionality, this edited collection presents empirical case studies from around the world to consider how intersectionality has been taken up (or indeed contested) by activists in order to expose and resist privilege.

The volume sets out three key ways in which intersectionality operates within feminist and queer movements: it is used as a collective identity, as a strategy for forming coalitions, and as a repertoire for inclusivity. The case studies presented in this book then evaluate the extent to which some, or all, of these types of intersectional activism are used to confront manifestations of privilege. Drawing upon a wide range of cases from across time and space, this volume explores the difficulties with which activists often grapple when it comes to translating the desire for intersectionality into a praxis which confronts privilege.

Addressing inter-related and politically relevant questions concerning how we apply and theorise intersectionality in our studies of feminist and queer movements, this timely edited collection will be of interest to students and scholars from across the social sciences and humanities with an interest in gender and feminism, LGBT+ and queer studies, and social movement studies.

Table of Contents

Confronting Privileges in Feminist and Queer Movements

Elizabeth Evans and Eléonore Lépinard


1. Borders, Boundaries and Brokers: The unintended consequences of strategic essentialism in transnational feminist networks

Maria Martin De Almagro

2. Location Matters: The 2017 Women’s Marches as Intersectional Imaginary

Zakiya Luna

3. Changing Core Business? Institutionalised Feminisms and Intersectionality in Belgium and Germany

Petra Ahrens and Petra Meier

4. Intersectional Complexities in Gender-Based Violence Politics

Sofia Strid and Mieke Verloo

5. Organising as Intersectional Feminists in the Global South: Birth and Mode of Action of a Post-2011 Feminist Groups in Morocco

Emmanuelle David

6. Intersectionality or Unity? Attempts to Address Privilege in the Contemporary Self-Help Movement

Lucile Quéré


7. Disability and Intersectionality: Patterns of Ableism in the Women’s Movement

Elizabeth Evans

8. Difficult Intersections: Nation(alism) and the LGBTIQ Movement in Cyprus

Nayia Kamenou

9. Feminist Whiteness: Resisting Intersectionality in France

Eléonore Lépinard

10. Intersectional Praxis from Within and Without: Challenging Whiteness in Quebec’s LGBTQ Movement

Alexie Labelle

11. Paradoxes of Intersectional Practice: Race and Class in the Chicago Anti-Violence Movement

Marie Laperrière

12. Intersectional Politics on Domestic Workers’ Rights: The Cases of Ecuador and Colombia

Daniela Cherubini, Giulia Garofalo Geymonat and Sabrina Marchetti

13. Queer Muslims, Autonomous Organising and the UK LGBT+ Movement

Abbie Bonane

14. Generational Conflict and the Politics of Inclusion in Two Feminist Events

Pauline Stolz, Beatrice Halsaa and Christel Stormhøj

Privileges Confronted?

Elizabeth Evans and Eléonore Lépinard


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Elizabeth Evans is Reader in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. She researches feminist activism, intersectionality and political representation and is the author of two books, the most recent compares third-wave feminisms in Britain and the US.

Éléonore Lépinard is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Lausanne. Her research focuses on feminist movements and theory, gender and law, intersectionality and gender and political representation.