'Home Truths' on Intersectionality

Jennifer Christine Nash

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In the wake of intersectionality's trans-disciplinary institutionalization, this Article considers how the meaning and practice of intersectionality has changed in different historical moments. This Article studies three periods in black feminism's long history of doing intersectional work: an early period (1968-87) marked by a broad conception of intersectionality, the watershed years (1988-90) marked by the institutionalization of intersectionality, and the hip hop feminist years (1999-present) marked by the interchangeability of black feminism and intersectionality. By underscoring that intersectionality is a product of black feminism-rather than a synonym for black feminism-and by emphasizing that intersectionality is a historically contingent concept, this Article advocates new ways of configuring the relationship between intersectionality and black feminism.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
Pages (from-to)445-470
Number of pages26
JournalYale Journal of Law and Feminism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


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