Intersectionality and Beyond
Law, Power and the Politics of Location
Edited by Emily Grabham, Davina Cooper, Jane Krishnadas, Didi Herman
Routledge-Cavendish – 2008 – 384 pages
Series: Social Justice
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
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