1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Intersectionality Studies

Edited By Kathy Davis, Helma Lutz Copyright 2023
    366 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Intersectionality is one of the most popular theoretical paradigms in gender studies and feminist theory today. Initially developed to explore how gender and race interact in the experiences of US women of colour, it has since been taken up in different disciplines and national contexts, where it is used to investigate a wide range of intersecting social identities and experiences of exclusion and subordination. This volume explores intersectionality studies as a burgeoning international field with a growing body of research, which is increasingly drawn upon in policy, political interventions, and social activism. Bringing together contributors from different disciplines and locations, The Routledge International Handbook of Intersectionality Studies maps the history and travels of intersectionality between continents and countries and takes up debates surrounding the privileged role of race in intersectional analysis, the ways in which intersectional analysis should or should not be carried out, and the political implications of thinking intersectional analysis and thought. Opening up new avenues of enquiry for a future generation of scholars and practitioners, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, gender studies, politics, and cultural studies with interests in feminist thought, social identity, social exclusion, and social inequality.



    List of Contributors


    Intersectionality and Its Travels

    1 Intersectionality as Traveling TheoryPossibilities for Dialogues

    Kathy Davis and Helma Lutz

    2 European Trajectories of Intersectionality

    Ann Phoenix

    3 Intersectionality: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe

    Kornelia Slavova and Rumiana Stoilova

    4 Intersectionality from the Margins: Historical Subjects/Subjectivation in the Global South

    Lyn Ossome

    5 The Travels of Intersectionality in Latin America: Bringing the Desks Out into the Streets

    Mara Viveros Vigoya


    Developments in Intersectionality Studies

    6. Intersectionality and Its Critics: Postcolonial-Queer-Feminist Conundrums

    Nikita Dhawan and Maria Do Mar Castro Varela

    7. The Analytical and the Political: Situated Intersectionality and Transversal Solidarity

    Nira Yuval Davis

    8. Intersectionality at the Macro-Level: Social Theory as Practice

    Maria J. Azocar and Myra Marx Ferree

    9. Intersectionality, Global Patriarchy, and the Power of Feminist Performance

    Sylvanna M. Falcón



    Debates and Critiques

    10 Muted Tongues, Disappearing Acts, and Disremembered Subjects: Intersectionality and Black Feminist Intellectual History

    Vivian M. May

    11 The Quest for the Right Metaphor

    Amund Rake Hoffart

    12 Intersectionality and Diversity: Same or Different?

    Christa Binswanger

    13 Entangled Solidarities?! Intersectionality and Abolition

    Vanessa E. Thompson

    14 "Post-war" Reflections on Intersectionality: Arrivals, Methodologies and Structural Entanglements

    Nina Lykke



    Analyzing Intersectionality: How to Use It


    15 Intersectional Iconography: Promise, Peril, Possibility

    Jennifer C. Nash

    16 Intersectionality and Health Inequality: Methodological Reflections

    Anna Bredström

    17 Intersectionality as Critical Method: Asking the Other Question

    Kathy Davis and Helma Lutz

    18 Quantitative Intersectional Research: Approaches, Practices, and Needs

    Niels Spierings



    Intersectionality, Social Justice, and Activism

    19 Law and Social Justice: Intersectional Dimensions

    Elisabeth Holzleithner

    20 On Intersectionality in Practice: Two US Socialist Feminist Organisations

    Linda Gordon

    21 What Can an Intersectional Perspective Tell Us about the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatters Movements?

    Barbara Giovanna Bello

    22 Social Movements and Intersectional Solidarities

    Ethel Tungohan and Fernando Tormos-Aponte

    23 Latina Activism in the United States: Intersectional Positions and Praxis. A Historical Overview

    Celeste Montoya and Raquel Hernandez Guerrero




    24 Who Owns Intersectionality? Some Reflections on Feminist Debates on How Theories Travel

    Kathy Davis



    Kathy Davis is Senior Research Fellow in the Sociology Department at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the author of Power Under the Microscope, Reshaping the Female Body, Dubious Equalities and Embodied Differences, The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders, and Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World. She is the editor of Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body and the co-editor of Contested Belonging: Spaces, Practices, Biographies, Transatlantic Conversations: Feminism as Travelling Theory, The Sage Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies, The Gender of Power, and Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body.

    Helma Lutz is Professor Emeritus of Women’s and Gender Studies and acting director of the Cornelia Goethe Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She is the co-author of Gender and Migration: Transnational and Intersectional Prospects; the author of The New Maids: Transnational Women and the Care Economy; the editor of Migration and Domestic Work: A European Perspective on a Global Theme; and co-editor of Framing Intersectionality: Debates on a Multi-Faceted Concept in Gender Studies, The New Migration in Europe: Social Constructions and Social Realities, and Crossfires: Nationalism, Racism and Gender in Europe.