Re-thinking intersectionality

Jennifer C. Nash

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Intersectionality has become the primary analytic tool that feminist and anti-racist scholars deploy for theorizing identity and oppression. This paper exposes and critically interrogates the assumptions underpinning intersectionality by focusing on four tensions within intersectionality scholarship: the lack of a defined intersectional methodology; the use of black women as quintessential intersectional subjects; the vague definition of intersectionality; and the empirical validity of intersectionality. Ultimately, my project does not seek to undermine intersectionality; instead, I encourage both feminist and anti-racist scholars to grapple with intersectionality's theoretical, political, and methodological murkiness to construct a more complex way of theorizing identity and oppression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalFeminist Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Anti-racist theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Intersectionality
  • Race and gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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