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INTERSECTIONALITY: Mapping the Movements of a Theory1

  • Devon W. Carbado (a1), Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (a2), Vickie M. Mays (a3) and Barbara Tomlinson (a4)
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Very few theories have generated the kind of interdisciplinary and global engagement that marks the intellectual history of intersectionality. Yet, there has been very little effort to reflect upon precisely how intersectionality has moved across time, disciplines, issues, and geographic and national boundaries. Our failure to attend to intersectionality's movement has limited our ability to see the theory in places in which it is already doing work and to imagine other places to which the theory might be taken. Addressing these questions, this special issue reflects upon the genesis of intersectionality, engages some of the debates about its scope and theoretical capacity, marks some of its disciplinary and global travels, and explores the future trajectory of the theory. To do so, the volume includes academics from across the disciplines and from outside of the United States. Their respective contributions help us to understand how intersectionality has moved and to broaden our sense of where the theory might still go.

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Professor Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095. E-mail: carbado@law.ucla.edu
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The authors acknowledge the editorial assistance of Ezra Young in producing this collection and the support of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, the Critical Race Studies program at UCLA Law School, and the African American Policy Forum. Additional support was provided by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (MD00508 and MD006923).

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Crenshaw Kimberlé (1989). Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1989: 139168.
Crenshaw Kimberlé (1991). Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity, and Violence Against Women of Color. Stanford Law Review, 43(6): 12411300.
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