The concept of intersectionality has become a hot topic in academic and activist circles alike. But what exactly does it mean, and why has it emerged as such a vital lens through which to explore how social inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability and ethnicity shape one another?In this new book Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge provide a much-needeThe concept of intersectionality has become a hot topic in academic and activist circles alike. But what exactly does it mean, and why has it emerged as such a vital lens through which to explore how social inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability and ethnicity shape one another?In this new book Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge provide a much-needed, introduction to the field of intersectional knowledge and praxis. They analyze the emergence, growth and contours of the concept and show how intersectional frameworks speak to topics as diverse as human rights, neoliberalism, identity politics, immigration, hip hop, global social protest, diversity, digital media, Black feminism in Brazil, violence and World Cup soccer. Accessibly written and drawing on a plethora of lively examples to illustrate its arguments, the book highlights intersectionality's potential for understanding inequality and bringing about social justice oriented change.Intersectionality will be an invaluable resource for anyone grappling with the main ideas, debates and new directions in this field....
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This is a really thoughtful, thorough book. Intersectionality is a concept that many like to evoke, but Bilge and Collins take the time to explore its origins, its uses, and its issues. This book is dense, but still readable. The authors always provide helpful relevant examples of social situations in which an intersectional perpsective can provide new insight or better action. Still, sometimes the writing seems needlessly abstract. Intersectionality is a fairly simple, elegant concept. It refers to the irreducible multiplicity of individual and group identity. No one is ever just a man or woman, white or black. We are all a massive tangle of intersectional identities that are relevant or irrelevant depending on the circumstance and context. Generally, I think this book just needed a more aggressive copy editor. The book isn't particularly verbose (and I don't have much trouble with the particular verbosity of the academic feminist idiom), it just doesn't express itself as succinctly as it could at times.This book taught me a lot and in particular, it reminded me that theorizing about society is no use without actually doing something. Intersectionality is a theory, but it also is driven by praxis. Many people have activly tried to make the legal system more accomodating for those it excludes by relying on singular concepts of identity. The book offers in depth explorations of the many ways intersectional actors are trying to change the world. Many of these battles have a steep climb to become successful, but there is hope. This text has given me a lot to think about, and I highly recommend it.
I met this book with excitement because I've been a fan of Dr. Collins for a long time and had the opportunity to see her speak on this recently. I was not disappointed. While things slowed down a bit in chapters 6 and 7, the conversation throughout the book was brilliant. From the history behind intersectionality, to the cradle-to-prison pipeline, to praxis, to the value of anthologies - this was a wealth of dynamic information and critical analysis. Looking forward to seeing how I can take these lessons into my work.
Required to read this book for and I enjoyed the perspectives far more than I was expecting too.
Great overview of intersection theory and practise, including a concise review of it's history. It is clearly written for academics more than practitioners, although practitioners can find ways to apply this text.
As usual, Patricia Hill Collins does not disappoint. Her co-author, Sirma Bilge has a clear influence here as well, broadening the book's focus to global issues. This book has several distinctives in its thorough treatment of intersectionality: (1) the authors define intersectionality as both theory and praxis; (2) they recognize it as an approach that is not limited to academic scholarship but that is also grounded in activism by women of color globally; (3) they honor the pivotal role that Kimberle Crenshaw played in its development while also tracing the concept through the activism and writing of women of color dating back to the 1960s; and (4) they critique and clarify the relationship between intersectionality and identity politics; and (5) they identify the core features of intersectionality beyond identity politics. This is a must-read for anyone who does intersectional work. It is sure to be the seminal text on the concept.
Tis rare I review and rate a work-related text - probably because I dip in and out rather than consume whole - but I flew through this extremely useful book on the past and present of intersectionality. Far more than a primer, the authors intervene in and expand on many debates and themes. I actually wished it was longer.
A very thorough and well-written primer, but it's a little basic if you're already pretty familiar with the concept.
301 H6455 2016
The is an insightful book. The recognition of the inequalities that women face other than as a result of their gender is what makes this text a fantastic read