This book presents a guide to researching intersectionality. Clear and jargon-free, this book introduces a narrative-driven, scalar, and polyvocal approach to the antiracist–feminist framework. Thimm shows students how intersectionality can be used as a methodology, especially in the analysis of multiple ‘identities’.
This text considers complex social inequalities as parallel to one another – not only gender, race, class, and age, but also ethnicity, sibling seniority, religion, or educational attainment. Readers will learn how to investigate, in a methodologically structured way, the interwoven realities of life for different people and population groups simultaneously permeated by marginalization and dominance.
With multiple-social-scale analysis and deep discussion of how to conduct data collection, evaluation, and write-up, this book will be of interest to students, early-career scholars, and faculties teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in women’s, gender, queer, and ethnic studies. Courses in anthropology, sociology, political science and, beyond that, engaged research on how people are marginalized or privileged given their axes of identification, will also find the book an invaluable resource.
Table of Contents
1. Setting the Stage and Introducing Key Players
2. Voicing Valerie: Narratives by and About Her
3. Analyzing Valerie on the Family Scale
4. Analyzing Valerie on the Ethno-national Scale
5. Analyzing Valerie on the Transnational Scale
6. The Road Traveled and Routes to Take
Viola Thimm, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology (Privatdozentin) at the University of Heidelberg. Her research interests include cultural practices of mobility (especially those of transnational migration, pilgrimage and tourism); gender relationships and intersectionality; kinship and family networks; Islam and its sociocultural entanglements; and local economies. Her most recent publications include "(Re-)Claiming Bodies: Gendered Configurations in Islam" (2021) and "Muslim Women’s Pilgrimage to Mecca and Beyond: Reconfiguring Gender, Religion, and Mobility" (2021), co-edited with Marjo Buitelaar and Manja Stephan-Emmrich.