On Intersectionality: Essential Writings

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New Press, Dec 6, 2022 - Law - 480 pages
A major publishing event, the collected writings of the groundbreaking scholar who "first coined intersectionality as a political framework" (Salon)

For more than twenty years, scholars, activists, educators, and lawyers--inside and outside of the United States--have employed the concept of intersectionality both to describe problems of inequality and to fashion concrete solutions. In particular, as the Washington Post reported recently, "the term has been used by social activists as both a rallying cry for more expansive progressive movements and a chastisement for their limitations." Drawing on black feminist and critical legal theory, Kimberlé Crenshaw developed the concept of intersectionality, a term she coined to speak to the multiple social forces, social identities, and ideological instruments through which power and disadvantage are expressed and legitimized.

In this comprehensive and accessible introduction to Crenshaw's work, readers will find key essays and articles that have defined the concept of intersectionality, collected together for the first time. The book includes a sweeping new introduction by Crenshaw as well as prefaces that contextualize each of the chapters. For anyone interested in movement politics and advocacy, or in racial justice and gender equity, On Intersectionality will be compulsory reading from one of the most brilliant theorists of our time.

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About the author (2022)

Kimberlé Crenshaw is distinguished professor of law at UCLA, a professor of law at Columbia Law School, and a co-founder and the executive director of the African American Policy Forum. She is a co-editor (with Neil T. Gotanda, Gary Peller, and Kendall Thomas) of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement. Crenshaw lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

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